The Prosecutor’s Office moves file and finalizes a complaint against Barça for corruption
The Prosecutor’s Office has made a move and announces that it is preparing a complaint against FC Barcelona for committing allegedcorruption elites due to the payments that the azulgrana club would have done to the former vice president of the Technical Committee of Referees (CTA) José María Enríquez Negreira, according to legal sources consulted by Europa Press. In this way, the presentation of a complaint implies end investigations carried out at the headquarters of the Prosecutor’s Office to, where appropriate, enter the judicial phase.
The investigation of what is now known as the ‘Negreira case’, which was opened last year and was extended in October, focused on an alleged crime of corruption between individuals in the company of the former vice president of the CTA until he became president. of the RFEF in 2018 by Luis Rubiales.
After knowing the investigations of the Public Ministry, the Catalan soccer team explained in a statement that “engaged in the past the services of an external technical consultantwho supplied, in video format, technical reports referring to lower-category players in Spain for the club’s technical secretariat.
The Catalan team specified that the relationship with this provider “was extended with technical reports related to professional arbitration in order to complement the information required by the coaching staff of the first team and the subsidiary”, described as usual in professional football clubs.
At the same time, the Catalan soccer team clarified that currently these outsourced services fall on an assigned worker to the football area and regretted that “this information appears precisely at the best sporting moment of this season”.
Link with “the soule case”
As a result of the ‘Negreira case’, LaLiga asked the judge of the National Court instructing the ‘Soule case’, on the alleged irregularities in the management of Ángel María Villar as president of the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF), to investigate a series of payments for about 4,400 euros that the RFEF made between 2011 and 2016 to Javier Enríquez, son of the former vice president of the CTA during the period of the Biscayan leader.
The Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office has supported the Office of the General Intervention of the State Administration (IGAE) so that in a new report it can rule on these payments to Negreira’s son, while it has supported the other LaLiga request to charge Victoriano Sánchez Arminio, president of the CTA until 2018.
In the report by the prosecutor Inmaculada Violán, to which this news agency had access, Anti-Corruption adhered to several of the procedures requested by La Liga, although it rejected the RFEF itself being investigated for these events.