The head of the Mossos d'Esquadra central coordination police station, Xavier Porcuna, has been Barça's new head of security and operations since Thursday, sources from the sports entity familiar with the transfer have confirmed to La Vanguardia. Porcuna goes on to fill the vacancy left by the also Catalan police commissioner, Ferran López, and will therefore be the head of the also mosso on leave, inspector Lluís Miquel Venteo, at the Blaugrana club since last October.
Porcuna's jump to private security will force the chief commissioner Josep María Estela to renew the command structure of the police, because the Information and Judicial Police stations depended on the new signing of Barça; two police stations for which he was responsible.
The signing takes place at a difficult moment in the Mossos d'Esquadra, in the midst of a crisis after the chief commissioner proposed to the Minister of the Interior, Joan Ignasi Elena, the dismissal of his number two, Eduard Sallent. This same week, Estela tried to defuse the crisis with a letter made public in which he claimed to have the support of the Ministry of the Interior and assumed to continue working with Sallent within the headquarters.
Porcuna's decision has taken those responsible for the Ministry of the Interior by surprise, especially the minister who in recent times had tried to incorporate the commissioner into the leadership structure, trusting that he would act as a cog between Estela and Sallent. A decision that Porcuna tried to delay after expressing the feeling of "sadness" that the crisis spread in the media meant for him.