The Prosecutor’s Office will call Laporta, Rosell and Gaspart to testify as witnesses for the ‘Negreira case’

The prosecution call to testify as witnesses Joan Laporta, Sandro Rosell and Joan Gaspart, three of the last presidents of the Barcelona Soccer Club, within the framework of the ‘Negreira case’. The ex-presidents will therefore have to go through the court to give a statement and explain the reasons that led them to disburse, as visible heads of the culé entity, millionaire amounts to the number 2 of the Technical Committee of Referees.

The complaint filed by the Prosecutor’s Office focuses on the nearly 1.4 million euros that he received Jose Maria Enriquez Negreira by FC Barcelona between 2016 and 2018. In addition, the complaint is directed against the former president of the CTA himself, the former president Josep Maria Bartomeu and the same barca as an institution.

It is proven after the pertinent investigations that the Catalan club paid Enríquez Negreira from 2001 to 2018 different amounts of money. The sum during these almost two decades amounts to almost 7 million euros, but the Prosecutor’s Office, with its complaint, has focused especially on the last two years where the amount was 1.4 million euros.

[Albert Soler, exdirectivo de Barcelona y CSD, será denunciado por la Fiscalía en el ‘caso Negreira’]

Now, within the framework of this new complaint, both Joan Laporta and Sandro Rosell and Joan Gaspart will have to go through the courts to give a statement. They will do so as witnesses, since they cannot be convicted as any possible crime has prescribed during the stage of their respective mandates, but they will not get rid of appearing before a judge.

different stages

Joan Gaspart He was president of the Barcelona Football Club during the years 2000 and 2003, so it was precisely during his tenure that payments to Jose Maria Enriquez Negreirain 2001.

The next to hold this position was Joan Laportathe current president of Barça in his second stage, who was in charge of the entity between 2003 and 2010. During his tenure, which lasted 7 years, the payments to the former vice president of the Technical Committee of Referees not only were they maintained, but they came to multiply in terms of their amount.

Laporta is currently president of the Barcelona Football Club, but for the moment he has refused to give any further explanations about these payments to Enríquez Negreira. Various personalities have urged him to clarify this situation and have even asked him for responsibilities, such as himself javier thebesbut the culé president has limited himself to throwing balls out and feeding a conspiracy theory that wants to remove him from power.

[Albert Soler, recién cesado en el CSD, interrogado por los pagos del Barcelona al directivo arbitral]

Sandro Rosell took over to occupy the presidency between 2010 and 2014, a term in which José María Enríquez Negreira continued to receive large amounts of money from the Barcelona Football Club without anyone wondering if it was necessary to stop those payments.

Who has it worse is Josep Maria Bartomeu, also president of Barcelona while payments were made to Enríquez Negreira, who has been denounced directly by the Prosecutor’s Office along with other former executives such as Oscar Grau, the former CEO. They will be the only ones who can face criminal responsibilities since the possible crimes would not have prescribed.

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