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“Laliga hates us for CVC, UEFA hates us for Super League, we have nothing to hide” – Barcelona fans react as Barcelona is ready to co-operate with UEFA for conducting investigations regarding the Negreira case

Due to its payments of millions of euros to a business related to a Spanish officiating official, Barcelona now faces a fresh legal threat from UEFA, including a potential suspension from the Champions League.

Authorities in Spain are already looking into the allegations. On Thursday the European Union requested for a probe. Regulations for the Champions League that have been in place since April 2007 permit UEFA to exclude a team from the tournament for one season for match manipulation.

On Thursday, UEFA said it had instructed its disciplinary inspectors to “launch an inquiry on a suspected infringement of UEFA’s regulatory framework by FC Barcelona in connection with the so-called Caso Negreira.”

According to court records, between 2001 and 2018, Barcelona paid €7.3m (£6.5m) to a firm owned by José Mara Enriquez Negreira, a former vice-president of the Spanish football officiating committee. Spanish prosecutors have filed official charges against FC Barcelona, accusing the club of sports corruption, fraudulent administration, and document falsification. A judge who conducts the investigation will determine whether or not criminal charges will be filed.

Thus yet, no proof that referees or individual games were impacted has been disclosed. Barc€ has always maintained that it did nothing improper or conflicting by paying for technical reports on referees but never attempting to influence their judgments during games.

Barcelona responds to UEFA after they revealed that they will conduct investigation on the Negreira case

Barcelona might be banned from UEFA tournaments for a year and face disciplinary action if evidence of match manipulation over the last 16 years is found. After suffering record losses last season, Barcelona now has a 12-point lead in La Liga. They will virtually likely qualify for next season’s Champions League.

As the revelation broke, club president Joan Laporta (who had previously served as president from 2003 to 2010) confirmed the payments but said that Negreira had functioned as an advisor, despite the club’s initial refusal to respond.

He described the club’s payment of Negreira as “quite typical” and denied any wrongdoing. He said that Negreira’s role was to create reports and assist Barcelona’s players with officiating concerns.

After receiving the notification from UEFA, Barcelona has made themselves available to UEFA and have conveyed their willingness to cooperate in everything. The club will send them all information and documents that are necessary.

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