Football Club Barcelona has sadly been no stranger to scandals over the years, but this latest one could be their most severe yet. Recently, there have been serious allegations that then-president Josep Bartomou bribed former vice president of referees for the technical committee, Jose Maria Enriquez Negreira. This case is sure to cause a stir and will surely bring further attention onto FC Barcelona’s questionable past conduct.
The groundbreaking scandal was first broadcast on the Cadena SER radio program “Que t’hi jugues” and caused a stir in the world of football. It exposed that Barcelona had paid €1.4m to Jose Maria Enriquez Negreira via his firm, DASNIL 95. In an instant, news of this corruption rapidly swept across all media outlets like wildfire!
Meanwhile, La Liga President Javier Tebas warned the Catalans about the severe consequences they may face if the allegations proved to be true. He further asked for the resignation of the present club president Laporta if he fails to defend the shocking allegations.
On the other hand, the Catalan giants could also face some stringent punishment in the form of relegation from the Spanish league or the deduction of points. Both scenarios could be hazardous for the club, especially when they are having a great season by being eight points clear at the top of la Liga.
Despite the onslaught of these allegations, the curlers are unwavering in their support and expect to see their club lift silverware at the end of the season. If you are also among these passionate football fans, dive into football prediction API to start betting on your favourite football teams. Plenty of betting portals are available on the digital space through which you can place your football predictions every season.
The club released a statement explaining the reasons behind the payments throughout three seasons. It states that the club paid Negreira for hiring an external technical assistant and acquiring reports related to professional refereeing to assist the coaching staff in training their players to behave with referees. The club claimed it to be a common practice among professional football clubs.
Joan Laporta, President of the Catalan club, staunchly vowed to protect their name throughout this ongoing investigation. He pledged to take whatever measures essential in order to refute all accusations against them. Additionally, he raised doubt on why this scandal is surfacing now while they are at peak performance and fully enjoying the season’s success.
Barcelona has to face these challenges and their possible repercussions if found guilty. Furthermore, the continued support for the European Super League shown by the Catalans and their rivals has also tainted the relationship with La Liga president Javier Tebas, which could fuel the fire. For now, the investigation process continues while Barcelona and Negreira deny any involvement in illegal activity.