UEFA decides whether to participate in Barcelona’s UCL in June… Investigation into allegations of bribing referees 

The European Football Federation (UEFA) has decided to decide on the disciplinary action related to FC Barcelona’s allegations of buying referees before June.

According to Spain’s ‘Marca’ on the 4th (local time), UEFA decided to expedite the investigation and disciplinary procedures regarding the controversy. By June at the latest, a policy was established to decide whether to discipline. 온라인바카라

UEFA is trying to finish everything before June because of the European club competition in the 2023-2024 season. Barcelona will go to the UEFA Champions League (UCL) next season. If the allegation turns out to be true, a disciplinary action must be taken regarding UCL participation. If a suspension is issued, several issues are intertwined, such as having to decide a team to compete on behalf of Barcelona.

Barcelona were suspected of paying bribes to José Maria Enriquez Negraia, former vice-chairman of the refereeing technical committee of the Spanish Referees Association, for 18 years from 2001 to 2018. The total amount of bribes over 18 years is 8.4 million euros (approximately 12.1 billion won).

Barcelona strongly opposed the move by UEFA. Referring to his innocence since the suspicions had already been raised, he claimed that “La Liga president Javier Tebas presented false evidence to the prosecution to prosecute us.”

Barcelona plans to use the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to take administrative procedures to invalidate the punishment if the UCL suspension is issued.

After hearing the news, UEFA president Alexander Ceferin said, “It’s hard to comment, but it’s the most serious thing I’ve experienced in my relationship with football.”

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