Former RFEF President Speaks Out on Negreira Case

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The Negreira case continues to be a major talking point in Spanish football, with Barcelona accused of paying the former vice-president of the Referees’ Technical Committee over €7 million between 2001 and 2018. The club has denied any wrongdoing, claiming that the payments were made for technical reports on referees and scout reports on young talents in Spain. Explore Former RFEF President Speaks Out on Negreira Case.

However, the allegations have cast a shadow over the club and the Spanish game as a whole. Former RFEF president Ángel María Villar has now spoken out on the case, claiming that Negreira had no power to appoint referees and that he was unaware of the payments.

Former RFEF President Speaks:

Villar was president of the RFEF from 1988 to 2017, and is currently serving a prison sentence for corruption. However, he remains a respected figure in Spanish football, and his claims about Negreira are likely to be taken seriously. Former RFEF President Speaks Out on Negreira Case.

In an interview with SPORT, Villar said: “No, he had no power at all. He did not appoint referees. There were two systems, the computer and the trios. And he was neither in one nor the other. He was just one of the eight who were there.”

Villar also said that he was unaware of the payments that Barcelona were making to Negreira. He said: “If both Victoriano [former CTA president] and I had known about it, Mr. Negreira would not last a second in the Committee. I didn’t know, how am I going to know that he is being paid, I put a detective on him, on all of them?”

Implications of Villar’s Claims:

Also, If Villar’s claims are true, they would have a significant impact on the Negreira case. It would mean that Barcelona were not able to directly influence the appointment of referees, and that Negreira was not in a position to favor the club.

However, it is important to note that Villar is a controversial figure, and his claims have been met with skepticism by some. Some people believe that he is trying to protect himself and other senior figures in Spanish football.


The Negreira case is a complex one, and it is too early to say what the outcome will be. However, Villar’s claims have added a new dimension to the case. And they could have a significant impact on the outcome.

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