The Anti-Corruption Prosecutor considers that the real Madrid be “harmed” in the ‘Negreira case‘ on alleged sports corruption and has endorsed that he appear to bring the accusation, according to sources familiar with the investigation. In this way, the defense lawyers’ request that the white club not be accepted is opposed. The investigating judge Silvia López Mejías must now decide if she, in the end, admits the appearance. For now, she has only accepted La Liga and the Spanish Football Federation, It remains to be resolved on the Higher Sports Council and a Real Madrid partner. The Civil Guard, by order of the magistrate, is collecting information on the matter and the identification of former executives of the Barça entity.
The defense of the ex-presidents of Barça Josep Maria Bartomeu and Sandro Rosell and one of the accused executives presented a few days ago a letter with which he resorts to the presence of the real Madrid in it Negreira case as a private prosecution, al is not an aggrieved party in the process that investigates the payments of 7.5 million to the former vice president of the Technical Committee of Referees, Enriquez Negreira, between the years 2001 and 2018. According to Bartomeu and Rosell, in the facts investigated there is not “the slightest indication of harm” against the Madrid entity that justifies their presence in the case.
The lawyers for those investigated stressed that “the admission without any justification of individual private accusations of each of the football teams would lead to a procedure of impossible investigation.” For the same reason that Real Madrid was allowed to appear, lawyer José María Fuster-Fabra, Bartomeu’s lawyer and renowned parakeet follower, specified that “Real Club Deportivo Espanyol, Celta de Vigo, Elche could try to appear Football Club, etc”, entities –he underlines– “that participate in the Professional Football League and in the Royal Spanish Football Federation”. Sandro Rosell’s lawyer, Pau Molins, and Albert Soler’s, Miguel Capuz, also opposed Real Madrid’s appearance.
The club chaired by Florentino Pérez announced that it would enter the case on March 11, after a meeting of its board of directors, after several weeks of silence and that it was interpreted as a way to preserve the Super League alliance between the two great Spanish football clubs. , social pressure led Madrid to make a move, which was consummated 12 days later, in a letter dated March 23 and delivered to the investigating court.
In said letter, the white entity maintains that “the actions that are the subject of this case, tending to favor FC Barcelona, one of the main competitors, in the decision-making of the referees and, in this way, in the results of the competition, they undoubtedly hurt him”. The lawyer adds that “Real Madrid’s interest in cleaning up the sports competition in which it participates is just as indisputable.”