Many people, especially Real Madrid fans, have spent weeks waiting for the white club to officially rule on the ‘Negreira case’. However, silence has been absolute, although some point to a maximum respect for judicial proceduresand others point out that Florentino Pérez does not want to draw blood from one of his main partners in the fight with LaLiga by Javier Tebas, UEFA by Ceferin, and in the Superliga project.
What the club can and has done, through its official television, is to respond to the latest information released on the dynamics in the Barça-Negreira relationship. After what the former board of Josep María Bartomeu at FC Barcelona ceased payments to José María Enríquez Negreira in 2018which had been taking place for 17 years (almost seven million euros), the former vice-president of the Technical Committee of Referees went into ostracism.
However, two years later the old referee reappeared on the scene with the League won by Madrid in the midst of a pandemic. Negreira contacted the club by message: “I can help you with the VAR, it would have been better with me. If you are interested, contact“, but did not receive a response from the Catalan entity.
They say that the club doesn’t say anything about Negreira… but Real Madrid TV is also the club and they couldn’t say it more clearly: pic.twitter.com/3OXmv68ctl
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At those times, the referee Clos Gómez was in charge of the VAR, after having hosted that function in 2018 with Luis Rubiales. And the question that Real Madrid TV is asking, to try to answer Barça’s refusal to Negreira’s new services, is obvious: How was Clos Gómez as a referee with FC Barcelona? The data provided by the club’s television report reveals it, and also serves as an unofficial ‘communiqué’ from the club regarding the scandal.
Clos Gómez, before being responsible for refereeing appointments in the First Division, whistled 32 parties to the Barçaof which the blaugrana they won 26, with 5 draws and a single loss which was also not decisive, rather inconsequential. For the official Madrid television, It is logical that Barça rejected Negreira, because they already had an ‘ally’ within the VAR in Clos Gómez, who, being international since 2009, was never appointed as a referee for the Champions League, Euro Cup or World Cup.
In fact, the data from the same active referee with Madrid reflect an exaggeratedly large difference. Of 34 matches under his field direction, the merengue group they won 20, drew 7 and lost another 7, with 108 yellow cards and 8 red cards. Logically, the responsibility falls mainly on Madrid for not knowing how to beat them on the field, but the suspicions with a system that has been shown to be corrupt leave a lot of room for doubt.