Javier Tebas in a press conference


The surprising defense of Javier Tebas against Barça: "I don't think they bought referees"

Published:16/03/2023 - 21:29h

Updated:16/03/2023 - 21:29h

The president of LaLiga, Javier Tebas, has once again ruled on the relationship between FC Barcelona and the former vice-president of the Referees' Technical Committee, Enríquez Negreira. Although he believes that the Barça team did not buy referees, he invites a deep investigation

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The 'case Negreira', of the relation of the FC Barcelona with the exvicepresidente of the Technical Committee of Referees (CTA) and the payment of around seven million euros in little less than a decade, continues dominating the actuality of the Spanish football and Javier Thebes, president of LaLiga, has spoken for the first time since it admitted to formality the complaint of the Fiscalía by presumptive sportive corruption.

With the complaint confirmed, the costarricense has admitted that supposes a big hit reputacional no only for the Barça, main involved, but for all the Spanish football. However, it understands that the Catalan club has not bought referees in the last two decades, although yes it invites to the deep investigation of the facts and asks, once again, explanations to the Barcelona directors.

Javier Thebes asks explanations to the Barça

The president of LaLiga has done upsetting in that it treats of a historical damage to the reputation of the Spanish football and that deserves consequences, in case that it check ... But that before the Barça has to give more explanations of which has given up to now: "The damage reputacional to the Barça and to LaLiga is tremendo. It is very sad and unpleasant. The Barça is one of the most important of this competition. Hide is not the solution. Here the subject goes to continue with a parade mediático. Neither hide neither go of victims. It is necessary to give explanations to the partners and fans. They say me that if in Spain does not do at all for avoiding these things", began saying in the forum "Defence of the ecosystem of the European football" of The Avant-garde.

Likewise, it has confessed that it has not spoken with Joan Laporta, his homologous in the Barça, neither that it is moment to do it by the circumstances. "It is us moment to have a conversation. It is truth that there is excessive noise but can not go of victims. It is a moment of greater crisis reputacional and it is necessary to treat it like such", stood out.

In LaLiga do not doubt of the successes of the Barça

It has left clear, besides, that does not think that the Barça have paid the seven million euros to receive referee's favours, although it left clear that if the fact had not prescribed, would have big consequences: "There Has been a situation that needs a clear answer, the payments to Negreira, that was the vice-president of the Technical Committee of Referees, during the 20 years. We imagine that they had not prescribed these facts in the sportive area. What would have to do the institutions of the sport? That the people think it. At all, no. I do not want to especular, but could have been a high fine, descent category, expulsion... It would be a grave behaviour of the sportive field".

Thebes insisted in that it is not in doubt the success neither the attainments achieved by the Barça in these útimas two decades: "If it had not prescribed, would have sure sportive consequences. It is a very grave fact and now can have penal consequences. I repeat, I do not think that it have bought referees neither put in doubt the sextete".

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