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Police agents conduct search at Spain’s soccer federation HQ as part of Barcelona bribery investigation

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« Officers from the Civil Guard, Spain’s oldest law enforcement agency, conducted a raid at the offices of the country’s soccer federation (RFEF) in Madrid on Thursday. This operation is part of an investigation into the payment of millions of dollars by Barcelona to a former vice president of Spain’s refereeing committee over several years.
Footage shows that the headquarters facilities were closed, and some police officers disembarked from their vehicles to carry on their investigations inside the premises.
According to local media reports, the officers were sent by order of the investigating judge in the case, Joaquin Aguirre, to examine the minutes of meetings of the Technical Committee of Referees (CTA). It is also known that the judge has accused Barcelona of bribery.
No arrests are expected to be made as a result of these searches for the time being.
In March, state prosecutors officially charged Barcelona with corruption in sports, fraudulent management, and falsification of business records. The prosecutors alleged that the club paid 7.3 million euros ($7.7 million) to Jose Maria Enriquez Negreira, a former referee who served on the federation’s refereeing committee from 1994 to 2018, during the period from 2001 to 2018.
The investigating judge argues that there was « systemic corruption » and that all ‘Primera Division’ teams that faced Barcelona between 2001 and 2018 can be considered ‘harmed by the alleged scheme’. »

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