FC Barcelona made 33 payments totaling €1,685,142.80 ($1.8mn) to the Technical Committee of Referees’ Former Vice President according to documents obtained by the Spanish media, for what the national Tax Agency says was to “make sure that refereeing decisions were not made against them”.
Shockwaves were sent through the footballing world on Wednesday afternoon when Catalan radio program Que t’hi jugues claimed that Barca had paid Former Vice President of the Technical Committee of Referees, Jose Maria Enriquez Negreira, €1.4mn ($1.5 million) from 2016 to 2018 through his Dasnil 95 company.
Approaching 11pm local time, another bombshell was dropped when El Mundo published a report claiming to have had exclusive access to FC Barcelona’s invoices. The newspaper says that there were 33 payments made to Dasnil 95 over the mentioned timeframe, which totaled around $1.8mn.
These invoices were submitted to the Spanish Tax Agency by the club in 2021 and always had the same two concepts for payment. They were “preparation and sending of technical videos to the club” or “technical video advice”, with the lowest amount €30,250 ($32,300) and the largest €90,750 ($97,000).