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OFFICIAL: The Barcelona court admits the prosecution's complaint against Barça

Published:15/03/2023 - 14:00h

Updated:15/03/2023 - 17:38h

This Wednesday, March 15, the Barcelona judge has accepted for processing the complaint made by the Prosecutor's Office against Barça for the alleged crime of corruption in sport

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The complaint by corruption presented by the Fiscalía against of the FC Barcelona has been admitted by the jueza Silvia López Mejías of the court of Barcelona. The indictment engloba to the entity like legal person and also to the ex-presidents Sandro Rosell and Josep Maria Bartomeu by the millionaire payments to the exvicepresidente of the Technical Committee of Referees (CTA) José María Enríquez Negreira.

In the indictment details that both exmandatarios of the Barça kept a verbal and economic agreement with Negreira to favour to the club in the referee's decisions in the parties and "like this in the result of the competitions". It is by these services that the exdirigente of the CTA habria presented bills to the collection of Inland revenue by millionaire quantities "without that the same answered to any provision or services of real advice".

The payments through the time

In total were 7.3 million euros those that embolsó the excolegiado between 2001 and 2018 by the services that, according to the total of the amounts invoiceed, "did not have any legal support or estatuario" due to the fact that "it was not approved by the General Assembly" neither neither foreseen " in the statutes of the club". It is thus that these functions of Negreira "lacked title that justified them", aimed the Fiscalía in his complaint.

Although the relation kept by 17 years, the investigation only will comprise the years that are not prescribed thanks to the crime of corruption of individuals in the sportive field. That is to say, between December of 2010 and May of 2018, when the culés put end to the presumptive agreement because of the blackmails and threats of the own exárbitro.

Analysis of the bills

Although the figure known to date is near to the eight million euros, the true is that it will be the jueza the one who will determine the total if it requests to the Barcelona and to the own Negreira the copies of the bills that accredit the distinct operations between both. These requirements would comprise the mandate of Rosell between 2011 and 2014 and also who were the executive managers for that then, standing out the financial directors, general and treasurers. Nowadays the Fiscalía understands that it exists sportive corruption, falsity of mercantile documents and disloyal administration by part of the ancient members of the Catalan Managerial Board.

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