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The former Blaugrana president launched another scathing attack on his successor and insists he has proof of the connection between the current board and football hooligans

Former Barca chief Joan Laporta has accused the current Barcelona hierarchy of having links to violent fan groups.

Laporta aired his views on the program Punto Pelota which aired on Thursday night.

The 50-year-old targeted president Sandro Rosell claiming he and the board have connections to football hooligans and want them to return to Camp Nou.

He said: “There is evidence that these gentlemen have links to those violent groups that are lurking, hidden, and ready to return to their evil ways.”

The Spanish politician, in a pointed attack, went on to say that Guardiola was forced out of the club and Tito Villanova’s appointment was a panic measure.

He continued: “The decision to appoint Tito Vilanova was one of fear and panic. Guardiola left because of a dereliction of duty on the part of the board as the president was hiding because he was only concerned with making a disgusting persecution of the previous directive.

“They [the present board] are devoted to lying and said that Barca would not exist without Qatar [the Foundation]. It’s all lies."

Laporta added that he is still a fan favourite with the Barcelona supporters and says they are asking him to run in the next presidential elections.

He claimed: “At the moment I’m in a period of reflection. If I’m thinking of returning then it is because the people ask me to."

Laporta did have time to talk about on the field matters too during the interview, commenting on Lionel Messi’s leadership skills, saying he was pivotal in getting Gerard Pique back to the Nou Camp.

He added: “Messi has a special way about him where he exercises leadership. He never imposes on anybody and the only thing I can remember is a comment about [Gerard] Pique when we told him we were going to get rid of Ronaldinho.

“Bring Pique, bring Pique! He really looked after me when we were in the youth team, he told me.”

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