Barcelona allegedly paid the former vice-president of the Referees Commission

The Catalan club has been recently linked with bribing acts during for years, which the club totally denied of any wrongdoings.

Barcelona are accused of paying more than £1MILLION across three seasons to the former vice president of LaLiga referees in a major corruption scandal

Barcelona allegedly paid the former vice-president of the Referees Commission, José Maria Enriquez, €1.4 million between 2016 and 2018.

According to sources from GOAL, the La Liga giant made 33 payments in equal to €1.6m to referee vice-president between 2016 & 2018.

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It has been revealed that the club once the above payments to a company owned by the former vice-president of the Technical Committee of Referees.

Details of the controversy case of Barcelona

  • Blaugrana falling under the spotlight
  • Adamant they have done nothing wrong
  • Punishment considered to be unlikely
Barcelona allegedly paid the former vice-president of the Referees Commission

What actually happened and said?

 Jose Maria Enriquez Negreir is the man in question right now and he’s surely in hot water, with La Liga giants seeking the services provided by his organisation, DASNIL 95 SL, on a number of occasions between 2016 and 2018.

Spanish side El Mundo reported that they could reveal that the payments totaled over €1.6 million, with it suggested that the integrity of top-flight competition in Spain was called into question by Barca dealing with a prominent figure from the world of matchday officiating.

2022-23 La Liga top of the standing is adamant that they did nothing wrong and were merely seeking out scouting reports on particular referees while ensuring that all appointments made were neutral.

A response from Barcelona included the following statements:

  • That FC Barcelona hired the services of an external technical consultant in the past, who supplied, in video format, technical reports referring to lower-category players in Spain for the Club’s technical secretariat.
  • Additionally, the relationship with the external provider itself was extended with technical reports related to professional referees in order to complement the information required by the coaching staff of the first team and the subsidiary, a common practice in professional football clubs.
  • Currently, this type of outsourced services falls to a professional assigned to the Soccer Area.
  • FC Barcelona regrets that this information appears precisely at the best sporting moment of this season.
  • FC Barcelona will take legal action against anyone who spoils the Club’s image with possible insinuations against the entity’s reputation that may arise as a result of this information.

Up next to follow for Barcelona

The RFEF (Spanish Football Federation) say Negreira’s actions in dealing with Barca were regrettable, with it possible that points penalties or even relegation could be handed out if punishments are considered to be necessary. However, the expectation is that no action will be taken as it will be difficult to prove that the Blaugrana received any preferential treatment from officials.

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