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LaLiga Giants In Trouble: Barcelona Charged Over Payments To Referees’ Official

Barcelona, the Spanish football giants of LaLiga, have been charged with corruption for reportedly paying an amount exceeding €7.3m (£6.4m) between the years 2001 and 2018 to companies owned by Jose Maria Enriquez Negreira.

Negreira is a former vice president of Spain’s referees’ committee, and Barcelona’s alleged payments to his firms have raised questions about potential corruption within the sport.

Spanish LaLiga club Barcelona has been charged with corruption over payments made to Jose Maria Enriquez Negreira, a former vice-president of Spain’s referees’ committee.

The public prosecutor’s office confirmed on Friday that a complaint had been filed against Barcelona and two former club presidents for alleged payments to a company owned by Negreira, which were reportedly aimed at influencing match results.

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The charges have raised concerns about the integrity of the sport and could have significant implications for Barcelona and the individuals involved.

Barcelona football club is alleged to have paid over €7.3m (£6.4m) between 2001 and 2018 to companies owned by Jose Maria Enriquez Negreira, who held the role of vice-president at the Spanish football association between 1993 and 2018.

The prosecutors allege that Negreira favored Barcelona in exchange for the money under a secret agreement, in the decisions taken by referees in the club’s games, as well as in the results of competitions.

The complaint focuses on the €2.9m paid between 2014 and 2018 and alleges that Barcelona, along with former presidents Sandro Rosell and Josep Maria Bartomeu, reached a “confidential verbal agreement” with Negreira.

Barcelona officials denied wrongdoing in a statement last month, calling the payments a

“common practice among professional football clubs” and saying they had paid an external consultant for “technical reports related to professional refereeing.”

The investigation was triggered by a tax inspection, and Negreira reportedly told the Spanish tax agency that Barcelona aimed to have “neutral” referees in their games.

The club has stated that they will cooperate fully with the investigation, denying any wrongdoing and never having attempted to influence any official’s decisions.

The charges against the club, Rosell, Bartomeu, Negreira, and two other former Barcelona officials include corruption in sports, unfair administration, and falsehood in mercantile documents.

 

 

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