The Federation broke a first agreement with Saudi due to leaks to LaLiga

The decision to export the Spanish Super Cup abroad caused public disagreements from the first minute. On August 12, 2018, the first edition outside the Iberian Peninsula was held in Tangier (Morocco), a duel between Barcelona and Seville that caused a stir due to the protests of the Andalusian team when they understood that it did not benefit the interests of your entity. “It harms our subscribers,” the club stated. The subsequent landing in Saudi Arabia came preceded by multiple negotiations between the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) and other countries. In his testimonial statement on February 23 before the magistrate of Court 4 of Majadahonda, the former secretary general of the RFEF Andreu Camps assured that the Federation broke a first agreement of intentions with Saudi Arabia due to leaks to LaLiga, according to the document to which he had access ABC.

Rubiales and his management group understood that the Super Cup was a discredited tournament, it did not provide any economic return and was poorly located on the football calendar. And the first contract that the RFEF sealed was not with Saudi Arabia, but with Qatar, andThe organizing country of the 2022 World Cup, also surrounded by a tremendous scandal due to commissions and influence peddling.

According to Camps’ statement, the RFEF leaders traveled to Qatar, negotiated the terms and the agreement was signed. “We knew that Qatar was interested because at the beginning of 2019 the marketing director and the organizers of the Qatar World Cup had already had contacts.” Until yesterday, Wednesday, the marketing director was Rubén Rivera, accused in the lawsuit involving the kiss against Jenni Hermoso, from whom the Prosecutor’s Office is asking for a year and a half in prison and who was removed from his duties by the Federation. According to Camps, in the negotiation with Qatar there was no intermediary, like Piqué with Arabia.

The Federation entered into negotiations with other countries, India and Chinathrough other intermediaries that do not appear in the documentation. “Draft agreements were sent with India and China and they were never signed.”

Rubiales then opted for the Arabian Peninsula. The Federation signed a contract with Qatar in August 2019, as stated by Camps in court, and had previously sealed an agreement of intentions with Saudi Arabia. “It was legally compatible because the representatives of the Saudi public company had carried out a series of actions that were contrary to the agreement that had been signed.”

In this negotiating game the Federation temporarily disassociated itself from the kingdom of Arabia. «Broke with Arabia the agreement of intentions… They had acted contrary to the interests of the Federation, so it was understood that the Federation could understand the agreement as being rescinded,” Camps explained.

RFEF managers focused on Qatar, India and China because they considered that Saudi had broken the confidentiality agreement. “That break consisted of passing information about those agreements to other parties, specifically LaLiga,” testified the former general secretary of the RFEF. The organization’s interlocutor with Arabia was Jorge Mowinckeldirector of strategy and international relations.

10 day period

After provisionally breaking with Arabia, the Federation asked the Qataris for a condition within 10 days: “To assume all responsibilities for economic damages that Sela could win against the Federation for the breach of the agreement of intentions.” Qatar refused to sign that clause and the Federation resumed negotiations with Saudi.

Camps’ statement before the judge states that he himself did not have any meeting with Piqué until that part of the negotiations in August 2019 and that. According to him, he did not participate in the agreements.

Both Piqué and Rubiales were denounced for business corruption (granting some benefit without justification to people related to an organization, so that it favors him or a third party over others) and unfair administration (punishment of a person who is authorized to manage the assets of a third party and exceeds its powers or actions that harm the administrator).

The judge investigating the Super Cup case later added money laundering (hide or conceal the origin of illicitly obtained benefits, so that they appear to come from legitimate sources).

A report from the General Intervention of the State Administration (IGAE), the specialized technicians of the Treasury, concludes that Piqué’s company was the agent of the Federation in the contracts that were signed with Saudi Arabia.

The RFEF has launched a forensic audit on any type of contract under suspicion due to the actions of its former president, Luis Rubiales. “This institution is far above its leaders,” the note says.

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