Laporta was last president at Barca between 2003 and 2010, which included overseeing the hugely successful appointment of Pep Guardiola as coach and the iconic treble-winning team of 2008/9.
Lionel Messi watched last round’s 1-1 draw with Eibar from the stands at Camp Nou due to an unspecified problem related to his right ankle.
Athletes and celebrities participated an online global music festival organised to raise funds for the purchase of medical supplies and to support fans confined to their homes.
Barca won a penalty early in the second half when Luis Suarez was fouled and Messi converted to put the league leaders in front and the Uruguayan forward made sure of the points with a simple finish from close range in the 82nd minute.
Spanish prosecutors filed charges against Colombian singer Shakira, accusing her of failing to pay 14.5 million euros in tax ($16.3 million).
It came down to the wire for the hosts as Spain were unable to break down Russia's dogged defending that led to a penalty shoot out, with goalie Igor Akinfeev becoming Russia's newest hero.
Roma pulled off one of the great Champions League comebacks by knocking Barcelona out with a remarkable 3-0 win in their quarter-final second leg, overcoming a 4-1 deficit from the first leg to reach the semi-finals on away goals.
The pair of own goals by Daniele De Rossi and Kostas Manolas plus some sloppy defending that allowed Gerard Pique and Luis Suarez to also score left Roma on the verge of elimination.
Barca top the standings with 22 points but their lead over Real Madrid was cut to five as Zinedine Zidane's side moved above Atletico, who are third on 16, after winning 2-1 at Getafe earlier on Saturday.
Barcelona's 100 percent start to the Liga season will be severely tested at Atletico Madrid in an atmosphere certain to be intensified by political fervour.
Spanish football club Real Madrid beat arch rivals Barcelona 2-0 to lift the Spanish Super Cup for the 10th time.
Italy's beat the world's second-ranked side Belgium 2-0 in the first heavyweight clash of Euro 2016
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