Javier Tebas, president of the Professional Football League, stated this Thursday at an event organized by The vanguard that he doubted that Barcelona had bought the referees. “I don’t think Barcelona buy referees. Neither he nor anyone. But there are payments to Negreira for 20 years, ”he said. “Let’s imagine that the facts had not been prescribed by sports means. It gives the feeling of wanting to influence ”, he added. “What would the institutions have to do in such a case? Of course, not nothing. I am not saying that they have bought referees, but they have paid the vice president of the Technical Committee of Referees (CTA). It would be serious conduct in sports. In European competitions there is no prescription. UEFA can intervene in national affairs as long as your national competition cannot fight a crime.”
Thebes has also described as “brutal” the reputational damage of Barça and the League due to the Negreira Case. “We have the biggest institutional crisis in the history of the League” he has abounded. “It is a very unpleasant situation. Barça is one of the most important clubs in the League, but hiding is not the solution, ”he said. “It’s going to be a very bad media parade for the League and Barça”, the president of the League finished in his speech at the Defense of the European Football Ecosystem forum organized by The vanguard.
Barça’s payments to Negreira, on the other hand, were not continued, as revealed Sports world after accessing the papers of football leaks about the case. The Prosecutor’s Office understands that the Barcelona payments between 2001 and 2008 could have constituted a continuous crime of corruption between individuals, but the documentation cited by the Catalan sports newspaper maintains that they have not been since they began during the presidency of Joan Gaspart in 2001. The payments would have been suspended in 2002 and renewed in 2005 in the term of Joan Laporta and continued in the presidencies of Sandro Rosell and Josep Maria Bartomeu until 2018.
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