European giants Barcelona are facing corruption charges over alleged payments to a former official of Spain’s referees’ committee.
European giants Barcelona facing corruption charges
Barcelona and two of the club’s former presidents are facing corruption charges over alleged payments to a former vice-president of Spain’s referees’ committee.
Spanish prosecutors have filed a complaint after it was reported last month between 2001 and 2018 Barcelona paid more than seven million euros to companies owned by Jose Maria Enriquez Negreira, who was vice-president of the Spanish FA’s refereeing committee from 1993 to 2018.
In a statement reported by local media, the public prosecutor’s office said: “Through presidents (Sandro) Rosell and (Jose Maria) Bartomeu, Barcelona reached and maintained a strictly confidential verbal agreement with the defendant Negreira, so that, in his capacity as vice-president of the refereeing committee and in exchange for money, he would carry out actions aimed at favouring Barcelona in the decision making of the referees in the matches played by the club, and thus in the results of the competitions.”
The focus of the case is on payments made between 2014 and 2018.