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Barcelona president denies any crime in refereeing scandal, accused La Liga chief of damaging club’s ‘reputation’

The president of FC Barcelona, Joan Laporta, stated on Monday that each one funds made by the soccer membership to an organization owned by a senior refereeing official had been for advisory issues and to not acquire any unlawful sporting benefit. Laporta stated an inner investigation carried out by the membership didn’t present any wrongdoing and he stated the case was an orchestrated marketing campaign to discredit Barcelona.

Barcelona’s President Joan Laporta presents paperwork as he addresses a press convention on the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona.(AFP)

He accused the president of LaLiga, Javier Tebas, of “trying to damage Barcelona’s reputation”. He additionally attacked their rivals Real Madrid, who’ve joined the prosecutor’s case towards Barcelona, saying Real had at all times been historicaly favoured by refereeing.

Spanish prosecutors final month filed a criticism towards Barcelona over funds of seven.3 million euros (7.95 million {dollars}) from 2001 to 2018 to corporations owned by Jose Maria Enriquez Negreira.

Negreira was vice-president of the refereeing committee of the Spanish Football Association from 1993 to 2018. A Barcelona court docket has agreed to take the case. UEFA has additionally opened a proper investigation for a possible violation of the European soccer governing physique’s authorized framework over the Negreira case.

Laporta instructed a information convention that Barcelona, in its dealings with Negreira, had sought technical recommendation from “someone who has had a career in soccer”.

“The advice does not constitute any kind of misconduct or criminal offence,” he stated. Standing in entrance of a field during which he stated that had been 629 technical studies, 43 CDs and 4 aditional studies, Laporta stated the skilled recommendation was made with transparency and that invoices registered in Barcelona’s accounting system had handed fiscal opinions.

“The Spanish Tax Department sent a letter to the Prosecutor’s Office saying it could not prove that the payments to companies related to Mr. Negreira influenced the result of any match,” he stated.

Laporta additionally urged UEFA to be honest to Barcelona in its investigation. La Liga instructed Reuters on Monday it could not problem any feedback relating to Laporta’s accusations.

“The Nergreira case needs to be fully investigated by the proper authorities,” it stated.

Tebas stated on March he had reported the case to UEFA as a result of no punishment may very well be handed down underneath Spanish sports activities regulation since three years had handed for the reason that alleged infringements. Reuters has requested Real Madrid for touch upon Laporta’s remarks.



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