La Liga CEO Tebas warns that Barcelona can't sign players this summer
After spending big last summer, the Blaugrana was prevented from January signings for financial struggles. Now, according to the La Liga chief, they won't be able to sign players this summer after failing to meet La Liga financial regulations.
Barcelona spent €150m last summer, exhausting much of their financial flexibility. Javier Tebas told a press conference in London: "
We have not let Barcelona sign players this winter, and next summer they will not be able to sign players. With the famous levers, the club has made levers last summer for 5% of its turnover. But at other clubs, that could be a problem. We have acted and self-regulated quickly. No one can make levers that represent 5% of the turnover.
"If with Barcelona, which is a very important club for the League, we look the other way on the economic issue, we would do ourselves a disservice for the competition itself."
Barcelona paid around €1.4m between 2016 and 2018 to a company owned by Jose Maria Enriquez Negreira, who was then the vice-president of a refereeing committee of the Spanish football federation. An investigation is reportedly going on through the matter.
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