The Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) has announced that it has appeared in the procedure, “once the complaint by the Prosecutor’s Office for payments from FC Barcelona to the former vice-president of the Technical Committee has been admitted for processing by the Examining Court number 1 of Barcelona of Referees, José María Enríquez Negreira”.

In a statement, the RFEF reports that “it has sent the report of the Federation’s Integrity Department and all the documentation that supports the letter to the UEFA Integrity Director.”

The RFEF affirms that “it is collaborating from the outset with the competent authorities to facilitate the work of the investigation into these events that predate the current management team as much as possible,” he clarifies.

“UEFA”, adds the note, “has also been informed of the appearance in court by the RFEF. At the same time, the aforementioned report prepared by the integrity department.

The federal body reiterates its “unquestionable commitment in this matter, initiating an internal investigation as soon as the case became known.”

The Federation stresses that it is “willing to collaborate at all times” and “wants it to be reached until the end and asks, in turn, for the necessary and advisable serenity that helps to reduce the climate of tension that has been created towards the arbitration collective “.

“This is not at all beneficial for football. The application of justice requires time and to prove those acts that can be considered illegal,” he adds.

The RFEF appreciates “the union of the arbitration group around the CTA, which has brought together all the referees who currently carry out their work in professional football” and highlights the “massive support” received from “illustrious legends of Spanish arbitration who in the past contributed to the growth of our football”.