Real Madrid board wants t convene an emergency meeting of board members to discuss the allegations laid against Barcelona
Real Madrid has arranged an emergency meeting of their board members on Sunday to address the “well-substantiated doubts of misconduct” against their opponents Barcelona.
Last month, a report from broadcaster SER Catalunya claimed that Barcelona had made payments of €1.6 million to the company owned by Jose Maria Enriquez Negreira, the former vice-president of Spain’s Technical Committee of Referees (CTA), between 2016 and 2018.
Real Madrid board to convene an emergency meeting
According to El Pais newspaper, Negreira’s company, DASNIL 95 SL, produced written reports and DVD assessments of referees before games. On Friday, the public prosecutor’s office stated that Spanish prosecutors had filed a complaint against Barcelona and two former presidents over the alleged payments.
Los Blancos’ board has now issued a statement on Saturday. The club declared their plan to convene a board meeting to deliberate on the issue.
“Given the seriousness of the accusations made by the Barcelona prosecutor’s office against FC Barcelona and two of its presidents for well-founded suspicions of corruption and their relations with whoever was the vice president of the Technical Committee of Referees, Jose Maria Enriquez Negreira, the president has convened urgently to the board of directors tomorrow, Sunday, March 12, 2023 at 12:00 p.m., in order to decide on the actions that Real Madrid deems appropriate in relation to this matter,” the statement read.
Barca president Joan Laporta has categorically denied the accusations made against Barcelona, suggesting that people want to sabotage their potentially title-winning season.
“Let me be clear, Barca have never bought referees nor had the intention to buy referees. Absolutely never,” he said.
“The forcefulness of the facts contradicts those who try to change the story. We are doing well again, nothing is accidental… There is a campaign to harm the interests of Barca.
“It is a campaign aimed at controlling the club. LaLiga does not accept that Barca did not sign the contract with CVC.”