The former Spanish coach, Luis Enrique, and the current Athletic Club coach, Ernesto Valverde, both in charge of the Barça bench at different stages, will have to testify in relation to the ‘Negreira case’, which involves Barcelona paying referees for “favors” during engagements.
Both technicians are included in the complaint from the Prosecutor’s Office about Barça in relation to the arbitration reports and both must explain if they were aware of the existence of said analyzes.
According to the investigations, Barça disbursed, according to official sources, a total of 7.3 million euros to the then vice president of the Arbitration Technical Committee, José María Enríquez Negreira, between 2001 and 2018, something that has caused an earthquake in football in Spain. .
Luis Enrique held the position of first coach of Barcelona between 2014 and 2017. Indeed, Ernesto Valverde was his replacement on the bench, a position in which he remained until 2020.