La Liga Chief Tebas Says FC Barcelona President Joan Laporta Should Resign Amid Referee Payments Scandal

by | 21 February, 2023 | LaLiga News

La Liga president Javier Tebas

La Liga president Javier Tebas

La Liga president Javier Tebas has said FC Barcelona counterpart Joan Laporta should resign from his role if he cannot explain “well” payments made to the Former Vice President of the Technical Committee of Referees (CTA).

A program from the SER radio station in Catalonia, Que t’hi jugues, revealed payments that Barca made totaling €1.4mn ($1.5 million) to Jose Maria Enriquez Negreira during the rule of former president Josep Bartomeu.

Negreira held his role at the CTA from 1994 to 2018. From 2016 to 2018, the Barcelona Prosecutor’s Office alleges, the Catalans paid the money to a company Negreira owned named DASNIL 95.

Barca denied any wrongdoing in a statement, saying that it hired the services “of an external technical consultant in the past, who supplied, in video format, technical reports referring to lower-category players in Spain for the Club’s technical secretariat.”