Details continue to come to light about the arbitration scandal that has brought FC Barcelona to court, after the Prosecutor’s Office filed a complaint after concluding that the former vice president of the Technical Committee of Referees, José María Enríquez Negreira, received more than seven million euros by the Catalan club between 2001 and 2018 to guarantee “actions tending to favor” Barça in refereeing decisions in their matches.
This is not the justification offered by Sandro Rosell and Josep María Bartomeu, also defendants in the lawsuit along with their directors Oscar Grau and Albert Soler, who claim that “we pay in self defense” to put an end to what the referees considered favors to Real Madrid, reports The world.
“If we want keep respecting us, we have to keep paying“, has revealed Manu Carreño in The spar of Cadena SER, citing sources from the environment of the first era of Joan Laporta as president of Barça, in one of the first meetings of the board of directors.
On the other hand, sources close to Rosell and Laporta, points out the aforementioned newspaper, defend that “other First and Second teams” have made similar payments to those that Barça made to the former referee, in charge of arbitration appointments, promotions and relegation and promotion of internationals in the CTA, according to the Prosecutor’s Office in its letter.
The former presidents also apologize to some directors and executives, from whom they hid these payments to Enríquez Negreira, arguing that they did not communicate it. “to protect them”.
Payments were made through seven companies
Dasnil 95 SL, Nisdal SCP, Soccercam SLU, Estudio ATD, Tresep 2014 SL, Best Norton SL and Radamanto SL are the companies in which payments have been recorded from FC Barcelona to José Mária Enríquez Negreira and his son, Javier Enríquez, has revealed The confidential.
Specifically, the two initials, the first investigated by the Treasury, belonged to the former vice president of the CTA, the two following to his son and the rest to José Contrerasformer manager of the culé club who died last year.
Said newspaper points out that Estudio ATD was created in January 2012 and received about 200,000 euros between 2013 and 2016 that had not yet been computed, according to sources of the investigation, and received those amounts through Contreras’ companies.