SaturdayBarcelona (1st) vs Espanyol (20th)Joan Ã¢ÂÂJoanÃ¢ÂÂ LaportaÃ¢ÂÂs ongoing Uzbek activity caused enough of a seedy stir in Barcelona for the King of Catalunya to come down off his throne and explain away his Tashkent tales. Earlier in the week, El Mundo had discovered that LaportaÃ¢ÂÂs law firm had sealed a deal last summer where they would help an Uzbek company buy the majority shareholding in Mallorca. Around about the same time, and by pure coincidence, two Barcelona players and His Majesty himself made trips to the Uzbek capital to help promote the good name of the club. And certainly not LaportaÃ¢ÂÂs business interests, as some more cynical types may have suggested. The other big issue in this fishy affair is whether it is a particularly smart idea for the president of one Primera club to be involved in the sale of another. But luckily for everyone, Laporta declared that his firm merely Ã¢ÂÂfound a client who made an offerÃ¢ÂÂ for the Balearic club. Ã¢ÂÂThis job had no incompatibility with my role at Barcelona,Ã¢ÂÂ declared the culÃÂ© King.