FC Barcelona paid €1.4m to a business owned by a former La Liga official between 2016 and 2018.
This is becoming a “bombshell report,” according to Colin Millar of The Mirror. Jose Marquez Enrquez Negreira, the official in question, was once the deputy president of Spain’s Technical Committee of Referees.
The Spanish news source Cadena Ser is where the initial report originates from. The Prosecutor’s Office is investigating the business of a former vice president of referees who methods to generate from Barça for assistance while in office.
Between 1994 and 2018, Negreira served as vice president for approximately 24 years. The Barcelona Prosecutor’s Office is “investigating” his business, DASNIL 95 SL, for “corruption amongst persons.”
According to reports, a “tax examination” base that Barcelona gives a total payment of €1.4 million that is not on invoive.
“The sums of 532,728.02 euros in 2016, 541,752 euros in 2017, and 318,200 euros in 2018,” the report adds. In June 2018, Barcelona made its final payment, which came to be the month in which Negreira quit the Committee and the CTA was born.
According to former president Josep Maria Bartomeu (2014-2020), who says that the payments are in suspension owing to a policy of cutting expenses, “the reports already existed at least in 2003, when he arrived at the club, and they were paid continuously until 2018.”
Also referenced in support of this assertion are sources from Sandro Rosell’s board of directors. The current president, Joan Laporta, has declined to comment on it, and the previous president, [Joan] Gaspart, who held office from 2000 to 2003, says he is not aware of it.
FC Barcelona in corruption Bombshell
Negreira “did not submit any document demonstrating that he delivered a service to the FCB,” the report continues. According to the former official, “there is no paperwork because his job consisted of orally instructing the Barça club on how the players should behave in front of each referee, among other matters.”
Negreira, his son (the administrator of DASNIL 95 SL), and former representatives of Barcelona have all “testedified before the Prosecutor’s Office.” When “the extension granted” in October 2022, the probe is still proceeding.
Negreira allegedly told Cadena Ser that “his work consisted of verbally advising Barcelona” and that “he never preferred FC Barcelona in any decision or arbitration appointment.”
He allegedly argued that “everything was neutral” in front of the tax agency, but his advise to the Spanish team allegedly included “what they could and should not do based on the referee chosen for the game.”
The proprietor of the DASNIL 95 SL “worked completely for Barcelona.”