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UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin calls Barcelona’s Negreira case ‘one of the critical’ in soccer

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UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin said on Monday that the Barcelona referee scandal is among the most critical conditions he has ever seen in soccer. UEFA, the European soccer governing physique, opened an official investigation into FC Barcelona over the “Negreira case” simply final month. In the meantime, the membership have requested La Liga president Javier Tebas to resign. 

Spanish prosecutors have filed corruption prices towards Barcelona and former membership presidents Sandro Rosell and Josep Maria Bartomeu for allegedly making funds to an organization owned by Jose Maria Enriquez Negreira, an ex-vice president of the referee committee in Spain who labored below the Spanish soccer affiliation between 1993 and 2018. Former membership executives Oscar Grau and Albert Soler have additionally been listed within the case.

The general public prosecutor’s workplace investigating the case revealed that Negreira acquired roughly over €7 million in funds from the membership between 2001 and 2018 to affect match outcomes. Their declare is that below a secret settlement and in trade for funds, Negreira favored Barcelona in each selections taken by referees in video games performed by the membership in addition to in competitors outcomes. If that is confirmed to be true, this might grow to be one of many main earthquakes within the current historical past of the membership.  

“The scenario is extraordinarily critical,” Ceferin instructed Slovenian newspaper Ekipa on Monday.

“It’s so critical that, for my part, it is among the most critical [situations] in soccer that I’ve ever seen.”

Ceferin would not have a very good relationship with the Spanish membership after Barcelona, amongst different eleven European golf equipment, determined to hitch the proposed European Tremendous League. Regardless of the failure of the undertaking, Barcelona determined to stay a part of it with Actual Madrid and Juventus, whereas all the opposite golf equipment left. 

“I can not remark straight on this for 2 causes,” Ceferin mentioned. “Firstly, as a result of we have now an unbiased disciplinary committee accountable for this. And secondly, as a result of I’ve not handled this matter intimately.”

“On the stage of [La Liga], in fact, the matter is time-barred and may haven’t any aggressive penalties, however the proceedings are ongoing on the stage of prosecutors. However so far as UEFA is worried, there may be nothing time-barred.”

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On the similar time, FC Barcelona have fired again towards Tebas and requested for his resignation. On Monday, Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia claimed that Tebas despatched a doc to the prosecutor, written by former Barcelona director Josep Contreras, that implicated Bartomeu and Rosell within the alleged crimes of economic impropriety and misappropriation.

FC Barcelona responded by way of a press release:

“Given the gravity of the knowledge that has appeared at this time Monday in La Vanguardia by which La Liga president Javier Tebas is linked to the presentation of false proof to the general public prosecutor to incriminate our membership, FC Barcelona needs to expresses its deepest indignation, anger and dismay.

“For that purpose, we urgently require the La Liga president to look in public to elucidate himself, past the tweet despatched within the early hours by Mr. Tebas, missing substance and with a threatening tone.

“If just for this reality, that of giving himself powers that don’t belong to him, though additionally for causes of dignity and respect for the presidency of La Liga, Mr.Tebas ought to resign from his submit. However, conscious of his obsession with persecuting FC Barcelona and displaying his fixed averse and manifest dislike of our Membership, we perceive that the present La Liga president will persist in his efforts to maintain damaging our membership.” 

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