Spanish prosecutors on Friday charged Barcelona with corruption over payments the club made to a former vice president of Spain’s referees’ committee through a company owned by him.
According to the prosecution, the Catalan club paid a total of more than Seven point Three Million euros to Jose Maria Enriquez Negreira, former referee and ex-vice president of the refereeing committee of the Spanish football federation between 1994 and 2018.
Two of the club’s former presidents, Josep Maria Bartomeu and Sandro Rosell, as well as Enriquez Negreira are facing the same charge, originating from the Barcelona prosecutor’s office.
Enriquez Negreira was allegedly paid for providing the club with advice on topics relating to referees.
The investigation began after Spain’s tax authorities identified irregularities in tax payments made between 2016 and 2018 by the company Dasnil 95 — owned by Enriquez Negreira.