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FC Barcelona News: 22 January 2016; Javier Mascherano Found Guilty of Tax Fraud, Barca Loanee Joins Fiorentina

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Javier Mascherano expected to avoid prison sentence for tax fraud | Sky Sports
The Argentina international - who has also played for West Ham and Liverpool - admitted the offences, which date back to 2011 and 2012, and accepted a one-year custodial sentence as part of a plea bargain. But he is not expected to be imprisoned after his legal representatives requested the sentence be suspended and replaced with a fine.

Porto allow Tello to join Fiorentina | Football Espana
Porto have allowed Barcelona loanee Cristian Tello to cut his two-year arrangement short and join Fiorentina. The attacker has become surplus to requirements at Dragao in the wake of Julen Lopetegui’s dismissal, while La Blaugrana have no plans of recalling him, despite their search for a player in his position.

First-leg 2-1 away win in Copa del Rey has always ended well for FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona may have been disappointed to have conceded a late goal in Wednesday’s 2-1 quarter-final first-leg win over Athletic Club, but the scoreline should provide optimism for the blaugrana faithful. That is because every time the Catalans have won by that result in the first-leg of a Copa del Rey match away from home, they have always gone on to secure qualification to the next round.

When and where to watch this weekend's La Liga match between Málaga CF and FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona play their first away game of the second half of the league season this weekend when they fly south to the city of Málaga on Spain's Costa del Sol for a 4.00pm CET clash that gives the Catalans the chance to extend their nine-game road winning streak and provisonally take over first place in the La Liga table.

Espanyol Shakira abuse may be punished after Barcelona clash - ESPN FC
That may change now as the anti-violence committee at the Spanish sports ministry has asked the RFEF to look at what happened, as they are "the organisation responsible for organising this sporting competition and can take a decision."

Neymar of Barcelona never met with Real Madrid says father - ESPN FC
Neymar's father has dismissed reports the Barcelona star has had talks with Real Madrid directors, calling the allegations an "invention" on Thursday. Onda Cero reported that the Brazil captain and his father reportedly met with representatives from Real while attending the 2015 Ballon d'Or ceremony earlier this month.

Lionel Messi Man City transfer ideal for Barca star - Aguero - ESPN FC
Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero has told Argentina teammate Lionel Messi that Manchester is the "ideal" city for him, and urged the Barcelona star not be put off a move to the Premier League by the prospect of bad weather. Barcelona's Ballon d'Or winner Messi has been repeatedly linked with City, although the forward said at the awards ceremony in Zurich that it his intention to finish his career where he started -- "at home" at the Camp Nou.

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