It has definitely been a turbulent time for Barcelona this campaign but it appears that there is positive development for the Spanish club with the revelation that the Spanish Treasury has discovered no substantial proof that the team made payments to referees.
The Maria Enriquez Negreira case was set on the investigation that Barcelona had been making payments accumulating to around £7 million to the former vice president of the refereeing committee over a 17-year stint.
Barcelona stated that it was for the sole aim of getting understanding and getting an “external technical consultant” to compile video reports of professional referees “with the aim of combining it with the information needed by the coaching crew”.
Nevertheless, the Prosecutor’s office has viewed no evidence that Barcelona’s supposed payoffs to Negreira resulted in the manipulation of results or influenced the outcome of any encounter in the La Liga.
This information should come as relief for a team that has been battling over these allegations since the start of the year.
The Blaugrana side have continually and confidently remained mute about the matter as they went for external investigations and internal operations over mere words.
Barcelona’s intention was to make Joan Laporta come before the media after he has collated all the evidence and information needed.
Laporta recently also spoke about how Barcelona are being targeted and how they would defend themselves in the situation they are embroiled in.
This is occurring after Juan Roca, a former referee in the La Liga came out to defend the Spanish club indicating that Maria Enriquez Negreira has not requested of him to influence any decision in favor of the club.
There were also revealed documents that backed Barcelona and displayed a clear image of where the payments were made to.
Even though the reputability of Barcelona has been tainted because of these allegations, the unavailability of clear proof implies that the club are expected to be free from this matter in one piece.
Barcelona defeated Real Madrid in the La Liga last week to extend their lead at the summit of the La Liga to 12 points after coming back from the dead to defeat their rivals via goals from Sergio Roberto and Frank Kessie.
They still have the Copa Del Ray to fight for in the La Liga this campaign alongside the La Liga title which is almost looking all but wrapped up already.
Barcelona are currently under an embargo that would prevent them from making any signings in the summer after they were slammed by La Liga due to mounting debts.
And Xavi Hernandez has oftentimes this season raised his frustrations on the opinion that Real Madrid are treated better than Barcelona in the Spanish La Liga.