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After having been ostracized for a long time, the well-known ‘Negreira case’ shines again thanks to a alleged police report where it is concluded that the FC Barcelona was benefited with partial arbitrationssomething that this Saturday made bother the Xavi Hernández at the press conference prior to the match against Osasuna.
According to the medium ‘The world’the Civil Guard Spanish determined in a report requested by the court handling the case, that under the mandate of Victoriano Sánchez Arminio and his right hand José María Enríquez Negreira, the Technical Committee of Referees (CTA) had “irregular operation” and had decisions that “They would not always have had impartial sports backing.”
These conclusions did not please the blaugrana strategist, who when questioned on the matter, did not hesitate to differ openly. “I have said it many times. In 17 years in the first team and now as a coach, I have never felt benefited. I totally disagree with the Civil Guard ”, he declared.
The content of this report would also have detailed that negreira exercised a significant influence at the top of the referees in Spain, according to several whistling testimonies. Also, it specifies that the FC Barcelona “did not provide the identity of the professionals who would have developed the services” provided by the former referee’s company.
“Copies of videos, documents or reports in which the specific advisory work is specified have not been delivered either”I would pick up the letter.
In mid-February of this year, what is now known as the ‘Negreira case’an investigation for possible corruption and conflict of interest thanks to millionaire payments from the FC Barcelona to the vice president of the Technical Committee of Referees between 1994 and 2018.
The scandal was uncovered thanks to the Tax agencywhen he was looking for tax evasion operations, and came across a controversy that casts doubt on the honesty of the competition in Spain.
Since then, several teams have come forward as complainants and the boat has maintained the rhetoric of being the victim of a smear campaign, as its president let it be known, Joan Laportaweeks ago, in one of his last public references to that matter.
“The Negreira case is a giant professional smear campaign for our club. I repeat it. The FCB has never carried out any action to try to alter the competition or to obtain a sporting advantage in a competition. Having had refereeing technical advisory relationships with people with extensive experience in the world of football does not constitute a crime,” he said at the time.
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