·28 September 2023
·28 September 2023
The dark cloud of the Negreira case continues to hang over FC Barcelona as fresh accusations of suspected bribery emerged against them.
The Blaugrana had made payments to Enriquez Negreira, the former vice-president of the Referees’ Technical Committee (CTA), over a prolonged period, and it was alleged that it was to influence match officials and their decisions.
The club have already spoken out on the matter in the past, with Joan Laporta confirming that the payments were made for scout reports on referees and young players in Spain.
But earlier today, the examiner of the Negreira case, Judge Joaquín Aguirre, issued an order in which he maintains that Barcelona’s payments to Negreira, would constitute an alleged crime of “bribery”.
The ruling issued on Thursday attributes the crime of bribery to the club and the rest of the defendants – among them former Barça presidents Josep Maria Bartomeu and Sandro Rosell and Negreira and his son.
The feeling is one of calm because this was a scenario that the club’s legal team had already considered at the outset.
Barça’s legal services are already working on this new situation. The club insists that there was never any match-fixing and that as they have not been able to find a single payment to a referee they are looking for anything else that could harm the club.
When Xavi was asked about the charges during his press conference earlier today, he was quick to dismiss the matter, as he said:
“You know my opinion. I have never had the feeling that it has benefited us, never. A week from now there will be another piece of news, a month from now another one….”
“I have little time to reflect on things other than football. Not on these issues.”
At this point, there is no official statement expected to be made by Barcelona regarding the matter.
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