• Barca failed to support Messi at tax fraud trial – Laporta

    Barca failed to support Messi at tax fraud trial – Laporta

    Former Barcelona president Joan Laporta says the club should have better supported Lionel Messi during his tax fraud trial and also criticised the Blaugrana board for renewing the shirt sponsorship deal with Qatar Airways for well below the current market rate.

    After Messi and his father, Jorge, were found guilty by a Barcelona court of three counts of defrauding the tax department and handed down suspended jail sentences of 21 months, Barcelona launched a controversial #WeAreAllLeoMessi campaign urging fans to “express […]