Earlier this calendar year, it became known that Barcelona is a key player in a corruption case. Between 2016 and 2018, Barcelona transferred millions to DASNIL 95, the company of then-chairman of the Spanish referees' commission, José Negreira. Barcelona confirmed that the club received technical reports on Spanish referees in return.
The Public Prosecutor's Office and UEFA have launched an investigation, which has now entered the next phase.
The search warrant indicated that Aguirre accuses Barcelona of bribery, allowing the Guardia Civil (Spanish police unit) to raid the headquarters of the Spanish referees' commission. 'Negreira received, over eighteen years, more than seven million euros through his company or that of his son,' is stated in the warrant in possession of various Spanish media.
'As a public figure, Negreira was expected to be impartial. These payments are inconsistent with that notion. It's unacceptable to provide a particular La Liga team with advice.' According to Aguirre, this isn't just a matter of sports corruption, but he goes a step further and accuses Barcelona of bribery. 'We differentiate between passive bribery, concerning Negreira and his son, and active bribery, which Barcelona is suspected of.'