Real Madrid want to be part of investigation as ‘injured party’ in FC Barcelona corruption case
For the first time since the eruption of the arbitration scandal and the accusations of corruption which have shaken FC Barcelona for several weeks, Real Madrid came out of its silence on Sunday, and affirmed that it will ask to “be part of the procedure of ‘investigation’ as an ‘injured party’.
Saturday, the President Florentino Pérez had called an extraordinary meeting of the Madrid club’s management committee the day after. The objective was to react to the indictment Friday by the Spanish justice of Barça and several of its former leaders for “corruption», «breach of trust” And “forgery in business records” In the affair of the Catalan club’s suspicious money payments to Jose Maria Enriquez Negreiraex-senior official of Spanish arbitration.
On Sunday, Real demonstrated in a press release “his deep concern about the seriousness of the facts», and agreed that «to defend his legitimate interests, he will ask to be part of the investigation procedure when the judge opens it to the injured parties“, which is similar to the constitution in civil part in French law.
These proceedings, decided by the Barcelona public prosecutor’s office, target Barça as a legal person, as well as Josep Maria Bartomeu, head of FC Barcelona between 2014 and 2020, and Sandro Rosell, president of the Catalan club between 2010 and 2014. Oscar Grau and Albert Soler, members of Mr Bartomeu’s former team, are also being prosecuted.