Barcelona president Laporta should resign without explanation over referee scandal, Tebas says

“Lapor­ta) will have to explain why he did this in his first term as pres­i­dent. That’s what I want clar­i­fied. The Trea­sury inves­ti­gat­ed) in just three sea­sons. There are many more.”

Tebas has already been over five years since Barça stopped pay­ing La Liga ref­er­ee Negreira between 1977 and 1992, regard­less of the out­come of an ongo­ing inves­ti­ga­tion. There­fore, I have con­firmed that I will not be sub­ject to sports sanc­tions. The statute of lim­i­ta­tions under Spain’s new sports law is three years.

He said La Liga would coop­er­ate with the inves­ti­ga­tion and decide what action the league would take if Barça were found guilty of any wrongdoing.

Mean­while, Sevil­la and Espany­ol have issued state­ments ques­tion­ing the pay­ments made by Barça and demand­ing full and trans­par­ent answers as to why.

These are the only two clubs in the Primera División so far, but Tebas says he’s wor­ried about La Liga as a whole.

“Most clubs are wor­ried, includ­ing Barcelona,” he added. “It’s done a lot of dam­age to Span­ish foot­ball. [The club] wants it to be inves­ti­gat­ed to the end.” “Barça have also launched an inter­nal investigation.”

Bar­ca’s pay­ment to Negreira stopped in 2018. El Mun­do report­ed last week that he then threat­ened to reveal “fraud” if not reopened. he did­n’t do it. Anoth­er El Mun­do report on Tues­day also not­ed that he attempt­ed to black­mail the Roy­al Span­ish Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion (RFEF) upon his release in 2018.

In a state­ment as part of the case, he told inves­ti­ga­tors that he had pro­vid­ed “ver­bal advice” and had nev­er ben­e­fit­ed Barcelona and had nev­er been in charge of ref­er­ee­ing assignments.

“Barça want­ed to avoid a ref­er­ee­ing deci­sion against them,” the inspec­tor’s report said. “In oth­er words, every­thing was neutral.”

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