UEFA and FIFA have requested information concerning the latest Barcelona scandal.
They have been under investigation after it emerged that €6.7 million was paid to Jose Maria Enriquez Negreira.
He was the vice president of the Technical Committee of Referees (CTA) from 1994 to 2018.
Barca paid him between 2001 and 2018 and have found themselves in another scandal.
The RFEF (Royal Spanish Football Federation) and CTA had a joint press conference today.
They provided updates on their investigation and revealed that no evidence of corruption between referees has been found.
They also said it cannot be proven that Negreira exercised any influence over match officials.
RFEF and CTA have questioned 240 referees regarding the case. However, just one refused to answer their questions.
They have now concluded that there is no reason to raise any formal complaints or make further investigations.
Barcelona are also carrying out their investigation, and RFEF and CTA have asked them for information.
Despite their latest findings and conclusions, UEFA and FIFA want to make their inquiries.
They have been given everything they need by the RFEF and CTA.
If found guilty, FIFA could demote Barca or hand them points-deduction. UEFA could also ban the Catalans from entering their competitions for one season.
However, it could be tricky for them to prove that Barcelona fixed matches.
The Camp Nou club maintain that the payments were to employ the services of an ‘external technical consultant’.
Negreira has claimed Barcelona were not favoured in any refereeing decisions.
He admitted to offering them advice on how their players should behave in front of referees for a fee.
He also gave them tips on what they can or cannot do, depending on which official was in charge of a particular game.
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