Barcelona may be in serious trouble if the allegations are true
Reports from Cadena SER claim that Barcelona paid Jose Maria Enriquez Negreir. Negreir was vice president of the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) Referees Committee from 1994 until 2018.
Barca in deep trouble?!
Apparently, Barcelona paid Negreir’s company, DASNIL 95 SL, somewhere around €1,392,680 over a three-season period between 2016 and 2018. The payments stopped in 2018, just when Negreir departed from his position on the referees committee.
There is already an investigation conducted by Prosecutor’s Office. Negreir has told the investigators that the sums were paid as a consulting gig. The gig entailed him advising Barca on how should player act on the pitch and several other issues. He claims he never favored Barca or any other team.
Barcelona have now released an official statement.
“That in the past FC Barcelona hired the services of an external consultant that supplied the club’s technical secretaries with reports in video format of youth players from other clubs in Spain,” said the club.” the statement read.
“Additionally, the relationship with that supplier extended to technical reports related to professional refereeing in order to complement the information requested by the first and second team coaching staff. This a common practice among professional football clubs. These kinds of outsourced services are now the duty of a professional who works for the Football Department.
“FC Barcelona is sorry that this information has been released precisely when the team has hit its best form of the season. FC Barcelona shall be taking legal actions against those who are trying to tarnish the club’s image with possible insinuations against its good reputation.”