O Barcelona is under investigation by the Spanish Public Ministry for the payment of 1.4 million euros (7.8 million reais) to the company DASNIL 95 FIGUREbelonging to José María Enríquez Negreira, former referee of the league and who held the position of vice-president of the Technical Referees Commission (CTA), between 2016 and 2018. The information was broadcast by radio BE channel.
The delegate’s investigation relates to 3 possible irregularities in the taxation of financial years involving transactions. According to the documents requesting the Spanish vehicle to have access, the former referee « did not present any document proving that it was a service in Barcelona ».
In testimony to the Public Ministry, Barcelona officials said the facts were backed up by technical reports received from Javier Enríquez Romero, son of former referee José María Enríquez Negreira and administrator of the DASNIL 95 FIGURE between 2014 and 2019.
In an interview with BE channelEnríquez Negreira admitted to having worked exclusively for Barcelona, but said he never favored the Catalans in any decision or appointment of referees and that his relationship with the Camp Nou club was only that of a » verbal adviser”, a kind of advice. athletes to know how to compete against refereeing.
Josep Maria Bartomeu, ex-president of Barcasaid a BE channel that payments have taken place ‘at least since 2003’, when he joined the club, and that they were closed in 2018 due to the spending cuts policy.
A few hours after the disclosure of the information by the BE chainBarcelona have issued an official statement on their website claiming to have engaged the services of the former referee, noting that the practice is common in professional teams and that they will take legal action if there are any insinuations against them. the image club you.
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« In light of the information published today in the program ‘Què t’hi jugues’ on ‘Ser’ Catalunya », FC Barcelona is aware of the facts investigated by the public prosecutor’s office regarding payments made to external companies , more specific wishes:
That FC Barcelona has in the past used the services of an external technical consultant, who has provided, in video form, technical reports referring to lower category players in Spain to the technical secretariat of the Club.
In addition, the relationship with the external provider itself has been extended with technical reports related to professional arbitration, in order to complete the information required by the technical committee of the main team and the subsidiary, a common practice in professional (Site notre bureau spécialisé) clubs.
Currently, this type of outsourced service is under the responsibility of a professional assigned to the Espace (Site notre blog d’information).
FC Barcelona regrets that this information appears precisely at the best sporting moment of this season.
FC Barcelona will take legal action against anyone who damages the image of the Club with possible insinuations against the reputation of the entity that may arise from this information. »