Barcelona charged with bribery

Barcelona have allegedly been charged with bribery, amid the ongoing Enriquez Negreira case.

Barcelona have been entangled in a case, having  made payments to a former vice-president of Spain’s referees’ committee, Jose Maria Enriquez Negreira.

And now, following a search of the offices of the Spanish Football Federation by Spanish police, Barcelona have now been charged with bribery.

Court documents previously revealed that Barcelona paid €7.3m (£6.4m) between 2001 and 2018 to two companies which were owned by Jose Maria Enriquez Negreira.

The club are insisting that they simply paid for technical reports on referees, which is not a crime.

According to Reuters and Associated Press, police searched the offices near Madrid on Thursday following orders from the judge investigating the case.

El Debate are claiming that Barcelona have been accused with bribery by the public prosecutor following the raid of the referees’ office conducted by Spanish police.

Former Barcelona presidents Josep Maria Bartomeu and Sandro Rosell have also been charged alongside Negreira and his son, Javier Enriquez Romero.