UEFA is investigating Barcelona for its referee payments.

UEFA is investigating Barcelona for its referee payments.
UEFA said Thursday it asked disciplinary inspectors to “conduct an investigation regarding a potential violation of UEFA’s legal framework by FC Barcelona in connection with the so-called ‘Caso Negreira.’”

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UEFA had originally planned to ban Atlético Madrid for two seasons, but the ban was later reduced to one season. The ban subsequently expired on May 31, 2009.

The possible violation being considered by UEFA is the Catalan club’s alleged attempt to block access to an investigation into its role in the past corruption case involving former president of the Spanish national football federation, Ángel María Villar. UEFA is also reportedly considering the possibility that FC Barcelona violated its obligations to cooperate with the disciplinary process.

According to the Guardian, as a result of the Guardian's investigation, the Premier League has launched an inquiry into how Barcelona were awarded such favourable refereeing decisions. “The Premier League will not tolerate any improper conduct within its clubs or in the way referees are officiated and any allegations of such will be investigated thoroughly.” The Guardian report also revealed that other clubs had also paid bribes to referees, with Manchester City and Real Madrid said to have paid sums between 1

Prosecutors in Spain have formally accused Barcelona of corruption in sports, fraudulent management and falsification of business documents. An investigating judge will decide if this will lead to charges. The accusation of corruption against Barcelona comes after a two-year investigation by prosecutors into accusations that the club benefitted from the unlawful marketing of players. Prosecutors also allege that the club falsified business documents. The club denies any wrongdoing. If found guilty, FC Barcelona could face a fine, a ban from playing


However, the investigators found that various football officials from the Catalan region received payments from the club, totaling €500,000. These officials included the referee in the 2016 Copa America final, the head of the Catalonia football federation, and the president of the Catalan referees' union. These payments were made through a number of intermediaries, including a sports marketing company and a law firm, and were concealed from the club's board of directors. Barcelona has said it will

A Manchester City team finishing outside the top four in English Premier League would earn about £1.5 million in Champions League prize money, based on the 2015-16 payout. But Barcelona would earn more than twice that sum, based on the 2016-17 payout of £4.2 million. Manchester City’s failure to qualify for the Champions League could also lead to a loss of broadcast rights money, which is estimated at around £200 million over the three-

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