Real Madrid Is Harmful To Football, Says Ex-Barcelona President

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Real Madrid players at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium, September 15, 2015. A former Barcelona president has accused Real of being harmful to football. Denis Doyle/Getty

A former president of Barcelona has accused Real Madrid of being harmful to football amid claims of bribery in La Liga.

Joan Gaspart, who was president at the Camp Nou from 2000 through 2003, was hitting back at claims that Barca may bribe Granada, the club's opponents on the final day of the La Liga season.

The Catalan club leads Madrid by one point heading into the final game of the season, with victory against Granada ensuring back-to-back titles.

"The only thing Real Madrid do is harm football," Gaspart said to Catalan newspaper Ara.

"If I was a Granada player I'd be offended because it insinuates that I could be bought. It's an indecent campaign."

"I believe in football and its honesty. If such things are discovered, though, through secure investigations, then the clubs involved will have to be punished."

Real play Deportivo La Coruna on the final day of the season, before facing rivals Atletico Madrid in the Champions League final on May 28.