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Bribery charges against Barcelona dropped

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Barcelona president Joan Laporta avoided prosecution in the so-called “Caso Negreira” case. Photo: Joan Monfort / AP / NTB

Of NTB | 24.05.2024 17:09:05

Crime and justice: The Spanish football club writes in a press release on Friday that it will “express its utmost satisfaction” with the decision made by the court in Barcelona.

Barcelona is upheld in that the payments to Negreira cannot be considered bribes. The club, current club president Joan Laporta and former presidents Sandro Rosell and Josep Maria Bartomeu were charged in the case, but the charges have now been dropped.

Barcelona is said to have paid the former top referee Negreira over NOK 80 million in the period from 2001 to 2018. The club has justified the transactions with the fact that Negreira delivered technical reports as a consultant, and that he is also said to have contributed information about talents from other clubs in Spain.

– We stand firm in our conviction that justice will prevail, and that the events related to the charge can be finally clarified and thus demonstrate the club’s absolute innocence, writes Barcelona.

The European Football Association (Uefa) has also carried out its own investigation into the matter, but last summer concluded that Barcelona was allowed to play in the Champions League this season.

(© NTB)

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