Barça referee buying scandal is getting bigger… Real Madrid also convenes an emergency board meeting
Barcelona have recently been accused of bribing referees. Multiple media, including Spain’s Marca, said on the 11th (Korean time) that Barcelona paid 7.3 million 안전놀이터 euros (approximately 10.3 billion won) to former CTA (referee technical committee) vice-president Jose Maria Enriquez Negreira from 2001 to 2018. “The former presidents of Barcelona, Sandro Rossell and Joseph Maria Bartomeu, have been charged with corruption, sports fraud and other charges,” it reported.
Barcelona president Juan Laporta has denied all of the allegations, but it is known that the amount Barcelona has paid to the company in which Negreira is registered is recorded in relatively detail over the past 17 years. Spain’s 40 La Liga clubs also said in a statement, “We consider this a very serious matter and express our deepest concern. We are actively taking action to uncover corruption, and we will respond firmly within the authority and boundaries permitted by the law.”
Barcelona’s rivals, Real Madrid, have also started to move. Real Madrid said on the club’s official website, “Prosecutors have filed charges against Barcelona and two former presidents. We plan to hold a board meeting on the 12th to understand the seriousness of the case and make an appropriate decision.”