Police raided the headquarters of the Spanish Football Federation on Thursday, as part of a judicial investigation into allegations that FC Barcelona paid millions of dollars over the years to the vice president of the federation’s arbitration committee.
The Spanish Civil Guard confirmed to the Associated Press that its forces searched the offices of the Referees Committee at the federation’s headquarters near Madrid.
He stated that the forces did not carry out any arrests, and were acting on the orders of the judge hearing the case.
On Thursday, a document seen by Reuters revealed that the Catalan club is subject to an official investigation on suspicion of paying bribes, in a case related to the activities of the referees’ committee in the country over two decades.
Earlier this September, the judge in charge of the investigation, Joaquín Aguirre Lopez, said that Barcelona may have benefited from “possible systemic corruption.”
Barcelona denied in a statement last February any wrongdoing.
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