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  • Updated: March 14, 2023

Barcelona: Spanish Giant Club Facing 'Darkest' Moments Over Allegations

Barcelona: Spanish Giant Club Facing 'Darkest' Moments Over

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Barcelona, one of Spain's top football clubs, is facing one of its darkest moments as it has been charged with corruption in a refereeing case.

Last week, the Catalan club was charged with corruption by Spanish prosecutors after making payments of over €7.3 million to a company owned by Jose Maria Enriquez Negreira, a former refereeing chief.

Barcelona claims that the payments were made for reports and advice related to refereeing, but prosecutors allege that they were part of a corruption scheme.

Javier TebasLaLiga President Javier Tebas called it the worst moment in Spanish football history due to the severe implications the case has for the sport's reputation.

The scandal has caused tension and embarrassment, with Real Madrid even stepping forward as an "injured party" in the case.

Tebas expressed his concern and called the situation "abnormal" and that the reputation of Spanish football is at stake.

He also stated that he was ashamed and that Barcelona had not given an explanation.

Barcelona's President Joan Laporta defended the club against "attacks" at an event and expressed his willingness to take on detractors.

Joan Laporta Activate Barca's Economic LeverLaporta stated that he is emotional, not because of weakness but because he wants to confront the scoundrels who are tarnishing their badge.

According to El Pais, former coaches Luis Enrique and Ernesto Valverde will be called as witnesses in court proceedings.

The club and two of its former presidents, Josep Maria Bartomeu and Sandro Rosell, are all facing charges of corruption.

Although the club faces no immediate danger on a sporting level, they could still face sanctions such as the "suspension of activity" or the "outright dissolution as a company," according to Alberto Palomar, a professor of law at Carlos III University of Madrid.

On a criminal level, the accused could face up to four years in prison.

The situation has raised questions about the integrity of the sport and the need for greater transparency in its management.

As the case progresses, it remains to be seen how it will impact Barcelona's reputation and the sport as a whole.

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