The Catalan High Court of Justice has ordered FC Barcelona to pay €300,000 to former financial director Pancho Schroder.
As reported by El Periodico de España, the Catalan club has been ordered to pay the sum to its former financial director, who worked under the Bartomeu era. Schroder was dismissed by the current president of FC Barcelona, Joan Laporta, in June 2021, just three months after taking over the club’s management.
Schroder had conducted an internal investigation at the club in 2016 regarding payments made to former deputy head of the Spanish technical arbitration committee, José-María Enríquez Negreira.
FC Barcelona: The Negreira case is gaining momentum.
Already entangled in what could be the biggest corruption scandal in Spanish football, the Catalan club seems unable to escape its off-field problems. To recall, the Negreira case involves FC Barcelona and former member of the Spanish arbitration committee, José-María Enríquez Negreira, who allegedly received payments over a period of nearly 20 years and under the presidency of three different men, aimed at favouring Barcelona in arbitration decisions.
This case, which tarnishes the reputation of the club, could lead to sporting sanctions if the allegations are proven true. In connection with this case, the president of the Spanish football league, Javier Tebas, has been accused of providing false documents aimed at exonerating former FC Barcelona presidents Sandro Rossel and Josep Maria Bartomeu.
On the sporting front, Xavi’s men have just suffered a humiliating defeat against their historical rival, Real Madrid, in the semi-finals of the Copa del Rey (0-4). Although the Spanish league title seems within their grasp, with a 12-point lead over Real Madrid, the Blaugranas have been underperforming and suffering setbacks on the European stage since their Champions League title win in 2015.