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Barcelona fires sports director Andoni Zubizarreta

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BARCELONA, Spain — Barcelona says it has fired sports director Andoni Zubizarreta.

The Spanish club says in a statement that club president "Josep Maria Bartomeu has decided to rescind the contract of until now club sports director Andoni Zubizarreta."

Zubizarreta has been under scrutiny for the performances of the club's transfer market signings and for a one-year transfer ban, imposed by FIFA, for violating rules regarding youth players.

The decision comes a day after Barcelona lost 1-0 at Real Sociedad, missing a chance to take the provisional lead of the Spanish league from Real Madrid.

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