PSG sign players into ‘slavery’ – Barcelona president Laporta
- Robin Bairner
- 25 May 2022 10:47 CEST
- 3 min read
25 May 2022 10:47 CEST
3 min read
Barcelona president Joan Laporta has claimed that PSG sign players into “slavery”.
The deal has been widely condemned, with La Liga president Javier Tebas branding the contract an “insult” to football.
Laporta is the latest high-profile character to criticise PSG’s free spending.
“At PSG, the players end up being kidnapped for money and those players who sign are almost condemned to slavery,” he told L’Esportiu.
“These are the effects of having a club with a state behind it.”
The comments are particularly pointed given that the French club is effectively owned by the state of Qatar, which has been criticised for its World Cup 2022 preparations because of its use of forced labour. Indeed, Amnesty International has branded the competition the ‘World Cup of Shame’.
Additionally, Laporta’s statement comes at a time when Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembele is being courted by PSG and is expected to leave Camp Nou for the French capital.
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