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Barcelona back in the dock as Negreira case problems resurface

Police raid Spanish Football Federation offices

Just when Barcelona are getting back on their feet off the field another issue rears its head, and what’s happened in Spain on Thursday morning could have far reaching implications for the Catalans.

Reports suggest that Barcelona have been charged with bribery by the Spanish public prosecutor after the offices of the Spanish Football Federation were raided by Police.

This is in relation to the so-called Negreira case where Barcelona were accused of making payments to Jose Maria Enriquez Negreira, the former vice-president of the Referees Technical Committee.

It was stated back in March that court documents showed Barcelona paid €7.3m (£6.5m) from 2001 until 2018 to Negreira’s company, and UEFA opened their own investigation into the charges.

Two lawyers investigated and answers to 70 questions posed to the club appeared to put an end to the matter as UEFA communicated to the club in June that they would not be facing a sanction from the governing body.

Any thought of the Catalans being kicked out of the 2023/24 Champions League were also immediately allayed.

However, this recent development has re-opened the wound as far as Barça are concerned and there could be enormous problems ahead for the club as a result.

(Video courtesy of Sky Sports News)

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