FC Barcelona President Joan Laporta Indicted in Corruption Scandal

Joan Laporta, current president of FC Barcelona, ​​has been indicted by the Spanish courts for suspicion of corruption in the arbitration scandal revealed in recent months, also called the “Negreira affair”. Several former club leaders had already been charged.

The current president of FC Barcelona, ​​Joan Laporta, has in turn been indicted in the investigation into the arbitration scandal involving the Catalan club, Spanish justice announced on Wednesday.

FC Barcelona and its ex-presidents Josep Maria Bartomeu and Sandro Rosell had already been indicted for corruption in this affair, as had José Maria Enriquez Negreira, the former senior Spanish referee at the center of the investigation, and his son.

The prescription of the facts dismissed

Joan Laporta, who had not been indicted until now, is now indicted as president of the club during a first mandate which lasted from 2003 to 2010. In his report published on Wednesday, the judge in charge of investigation explains that he cannot benefit, in his opinion, from the statute of limitations, given the seriousness of the accusations.

According to the prosecution, the Catalan club paid a total of more than 7.3 million euros to Mr. Negreira between 2001 and 2018. Payments, made via the company Dasnil 95, belonging to the former referee, which ended when the latter lost his position as No.2 in Spanish arbitration.

Called the “Negreira affair”, this scandal has been poisoning the life of Barça for months, which denies any irregularity. The investigation took on a new dimension at the end of September, with the search of the headquarters of the Technical Committee of Arbitrators (CTA), the direction of Spanish arbitration, located in the premises of the Federation (RFEF) in Las Rozas, near Madrid .

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2023-10-18 09:22:27
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