Joan Laporta, Barcelona President, Should Resign Amid Referee Payment Rumours, Says La Liga Chief Tebas

If Joan Laporta, president of FC Barcelona, cannot “properly” explain payments made to the former vice president of the Technical Council of Referees, La Liga president Javier Tebas has indicated that Laporta should quit (CTA).

During the presidency of Josep Bartomeu, Barca paid €1.4mn ($1.5 million) to Jose Maria Enriquez Negreira, this was according to a programme on the Catalan radio station SER called Que t’hi jugues.

From 1994 until 2018, Negreira was a key member of the CTA staff. The Barcelona Public Prosecutor’s Office claims that the Catalans transferred the money to a business held by Negreira between 2016 and 2018. The business in question is known as DASNIL 95.

Joan Laporta

When asked about the allegations, Barcelona denied any wrongdoing and admitted it had engaged an external technical consultant, who produced, in video format, technical reports related to lower grade players in Spain for the Club’s technical staff.

It goes on to say that professional football teams “typically” supplement the material needed by their coaching staff with technical reports relevant to professional arbitration.

Barcelona is accused of improperly paying former Technical Council of Referees member Jose Maria Enriquez Negreira. The Barcelona Public Prosecutor’s Office believes the club moved money to Negreira’s firm between 2016 and 2018.

Joan Laporta

Barcelona denies wrongdoing and maintains the payments were sent to an external technical consultant who provided technical studies on Spanish lower-tier players for the club’s technical staff. The organisation also claims that professional football teams often provide technical reports for professional arbitration to their coaching staff.

La Liga President Javier Tebas has proposed Barcelona President Joan Laporta quit if he cannot explain the payments. These payments may require further inquiry and explanation to understand their true nature and whether any misconduct occurred.

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