UEFA open disciplinary action against Barcelona over Negreira case.
UEFA has opened an investigation into payments made by Barcelona to the former Vice-President of the Referees Committee Jose Maria Enriquez Negreira.
Barcelona have allegedly paid over €7 million between 2001 and 2018 in an effort to get special treatment from the officials.
The Catalan giants have denied any such wrongdoing claiming the amount was paid to provide ‘technical reports on refereeing’ and never to bought referees or influence.
If found guilty, it could potentially lead to Barcelona being banned from the European competition from next season.
“In accordance with Article 31(4) of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations, UEFA Ethics and Disciplinary Inspectors have been appointed to conduct an investigation regarding a potential violation of UEFA’s legal framework by Barcelona in connection with the so-called ‘Caso Negreira,'” the statement said.
UEFA added that “further information regarding this matter will be made available in due course.”
Barcelona has maintained its innocence in this matter and is running its own investigation.