Director of “Barcelona” was fired after comments about Lionel Messi
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Barcelona have sacked Director of the club Re Gratacos, who was responsible for relations with the Royal football Federation of Spain (RFEF). Reason for leaving — comments about the game leader of the team of Lionel Messi
The Director of “Barcelona” relations with the Royal football Federation of Spain (RFEF) re Gratacos dismissed from his post, reports the club’s official website. Official wording — “for the public expression of personal opinion that does not coincide with the position of the club.”
Earlier, during the draw for the quarter-finals of the Spanish Cup Gratacos said: “Without Neymar, Suarez, Iniesta, Pique and other team-mates Messi would not be such a good football player.” The decision to dismiss was made by the Executive Director of “Barcelona” albert Soler, assume the duties of Director responsible for relations with the RFEF. Gratacos will continue to work in Barcelona in the framework of the project “Macia 360”.
This week, Messi led the Catalan club to the quarterfinals of the Spanish Cup, scoring with a direct free kick field goal in the second leg against athletic (3:1). The Argentinian for the first time in his career he scored from a free kick in the third match in a row for Barcelona. Earlier this year he scored in the first match against “Athletics” (1:2) and in the game of the 17th round of the championship of Spain against “Villarreal” (1:1).