Rumors have been going on for several days that the Spanish club Barcelona bribed the referee. Now that rumor turned into a complaint. The team has been formally accused of corruption for bribing Jose Maria Enriques Negreira, the former head of the referees’ technical committee.
The matter was heard in a court in Barcelona on Friday.
The hearing said that the former Barcelona club official and Negreira are accused of corruption, breach of trust, and falsifying business records.
Negreira was the Vice President of the Technical Committee of Referees in Spain from 1994 to 2018. Spain’s prosecutor’s office has learned that Barcelona paid his company ‘DASNIL Ninety-Five’ between 2016 and 2018.
According to the Spanish media, Barcelona paid that company 500,320,728 euros in 2016, 541,752 euros in 2017, and 318,200 euros in 2018. After the inspection, an investigation began and the prosecutor’s office questioned Negreira and his son. After that interrogation, the lawyers of the state made a complaint.