Jose Maria Enriquez Negreira invoked his right not to testify when he was called by the prosecution alleging that he suffered from early Alzheimer’s, as reported by THE SPANISHbut in his appearance before the Tax agency Yes, he offered his version. The former number 2 of the Technical Committee of Referees explained before Tax authorities and gave details about the uncovered plot in which he received more than 7 million euros from the Barcelona Soccer Club.
As revealed by the newspaper The countryEnríquez Negreira did make statements before the Tax Agency for the contractual relationship of his companies Dasnil 95 SL and Nislad with the culé entity and also recognized that he dealt directly with the different presidents of Barça. “I saw them at most six times a year,” he commented, naming especially Sandro Rosell already Josep Maria Bartomeu.
In any case, the one who was vice-president of the CTA Until 2018, he denied at all times that the money he received from FC Barcelona was to pay a referee for his arbitrations. “So they were calm that in the arbitration committee there were no decisions against Barcelona, that everything was neutral,” Negreira told the Tax Agency as published The country.
Avoid judges from Madrid
In another written statement that he sent to the Tax agency in the year 2021, negreira already offered information about these payments received from the Barcelona Football Club. According to him, this high remuneration was part of an agreement so that the Competition Committee “was not made up entirely of judges from Madrid”.
In this way, the culé entity wanted to make sure that “it had an interlocutor with the Federation to take care of institutional relations”, and at the same time could “keep the club informed of possible interests or disagreements”, commented Enríquez Negreira himself.
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On the other hand, at the Tax Agency they also asked the former vice-president of the referees what his duties were exactly: “Going to watch the matches, personally or through fellow former referees, and being informed of why decisions had been made. FC Barcelona considered that the team was harmed and other teams were favored,” he told inspectors.
In addition, Enríquez Negreira also spoke about the moment in which the contract between his companies and Barcelona Football Club was terminated, and the threats he launched against the culé entity: “I sent a letter to bartomeu and I complained of breach of contract. Later I called him, but he didn’t pick up the phone,” the former collegiate claimed.
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