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Spain’s police raid RFEF HQ in probe over Saudi Tremendous cup deal

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Police searched the Spanish Soccer Federation (RFEF) headquarters and an condo belonging to its former head Luis Rubiales on Wednesday in a corruption probe over a multimillion-euro deal to relocate the Spanish Tremendous Cup to Saudi Arabia.

A Spanish courtroom has been investigating since June 2022 whether or not Rubiales dedicated against the law of improper administration when the RFEF agreed with former Barcelona participant Gerard Pique’s Kosmos agency to maneuver the match, a judicial supply stated.

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Rubiales didn’t instantly reply to a Reuters request for remark however he has beforehand denied wrongdoing. The RFEF declined to remark.

Rubiales angered Spanish soccer traditionalists by increasing the competition between the league champions and Copa del Rey winners to a four-team format, shifting the occasion from August to January, and internet hosting it exterior Spain.

The RFEF in 2019 agreed a three-year deal price a reported €120 million ($131m) with the Saudi sports activities authority to stage the competitors in Saudi Arabia.

Choose Delia Rodrigo Diaz ordered the brand new searches of the RFEF’s Madrid base and Rubiales’ Granada condo as a part of her investigation, the supply instructed Reuters.

The operation is a part of a wider probe of unspecified entities linked to alleged corruption in enterprise, improper administration of belongings and cash laundering, the prosecutor stated.

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Police carried out a complete of 11 searches on unspecified areas throughout Spain and the prosecutor anticipated seven individuals to be arrested.

Because the Civil Guard and undercover brokers searched the places of work of the soccer federation, the Spain nationwide workforce was practising on the adjoining pitch. They face Colombia in a pleasant on Friday in London earlier than taking up Brazil on the Bernabéu on Tuesday.

In the meantime, RFEF workers have been barred from coming into the constructing. Media there to cowl the observe and interview gamers have been stored below shut watch as police carried out searches that continued into the afternoon.

A supply on the RFEF instructed Reuters the house of former president Rubiales in Andalucia had additionally been searched. Photos confirmed a number of Civil Guard officers rising from the Granada metropolis centre condo with a cardboard field labelled “Luis Rubiales” together with a number of different luggage.

Rubiales resigned final 12 months over his unsolicited kiss of Jenni Hermoso throughout celebrations after Spain’s Ladies’s World Cup victory.

Each Hermoso and Rubiales, together with colleagues, have given testimony to the investigating choose, who has really helpful the case proceed to trial.

Rubiales’ mandate was filled with controversies, together with a shock choice to sack Spain supervisor Julen Lopetegui two days earlier than their opening 2018 World Cup match.

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