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Barcelona Reject LaLiga Deal after Announcing Messi’s Exit

 

Barcelona have criticized a deal agreed by LaLiga to sell 10 percent of its business to private equity firm CVC Capital Partners.

The deal is worth ($3.2 billion) and is the first of its type by a major European league.

It will however see LaLiga retain the management of TV rights.

Barcelona, still reeling from the news that Lionel Messi will quit the club after 20 years, claimed the plan “has not been sufficiently discussed with the clubs (the owners of the TV rights).

“The deal affects part of all clubs’ audiovisual rights for the next 50 years,” they said in a statement.

“FC Barcelona feels it is inappropriate to sign a half-century agreement given the uncertainties that always surround the football world.”

Barcelona and LaLiga have been at loggerheads, as the league body refused to allow the Catalans register Messi.

The Nou Camp side were found guilty of operating significantly over the league’s wage rulings and asked to cut down their wage bill.

Barca president, Joan Laporta, pleaded with LaLiga officials, claiming: “We want more flexibility from the league to be able to include more signings.

“The negotiations with Messi are well under way, but we are fixing several issues on both sides.”

His pleas fell on deaf ears, eventually resulting in the end of Messi’s 21-year-stay at the club.

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