Former Barcelona president Joan Laporta has been accused of accepting a €3 million commission for brokering a deal with representatives of Uzbekistan side Budyonkor in relation to business activities, as legal action commences against him.
Current president Sandro Rosell and the remainder of the Blaugrana board took the executive decision to launch a lawsuit against Laporta and the former members of the board for their mismanagement of the club during their tenure, and are looking to recoup in the region of €48m in damages.
In the lawsuit filed by lawyer Pepe Oriola, Laporta is accused of receiving the amount, paid into a business bank account and transferred to him by a commercial bank, for “payment of professional services”.
The lawsuit also claims that this amount was promised by officials from the Uzbek team for Laporta to open links between the club and Barcelona in order to create future business.
The Spanish giants are currently suffering backroom unrest, as accounts ratified by Laporta’s board have been found to be inaccurate, and that their most recent financial assessment estimates that the club’s debt has spiralled to €430m.