This Sunday's classic at the Camp Nou will be the first since the Prosecutor's Office denounced FC Barcelona for the 'Negreira Case' and Real Madrid decided to appear as a private accusation in the process. A situation that has resulted in the resignation by the culés leaders to make the traditional lunch of directives, which was held in Madrid in the last confrontation between the two in the Copa del Rey.
We will defend ourselves and attack," Joan Laporta said yesterday, encouraging a Barça social mass that continues to have Madrid on target. This, together with the footballing moment of the match, with Barça leading the League nine points above the whites, will turn the Barça stadium into a pressure cooker against the Real Madrid team.
For all these reasons, and as EL MUNDO has learned, Florentino Pérez will not attend the Camp Nou this Sunday. In the environment of the club they expect a very hostile reception to the Madrid expedition and consider that it is a risk that is not worth taking. The president, who did not miss even that debut of Luis Figo after his signing for the white team or the first post-pandemic game, sitting in the box with a mask, will now stay in the capital of Spain.
This historic decision of Madrid seeks not to increase the tension of a clash marked by the 'Negreira Case', a major scandal for Spanish football, which is seen in Barcelona as a "campaign" against the Barça club. "The campaign we are suffering is no coincidence. I will have time to explain who, why and how they want to orchestrate this campaign," Laporta insisted yesterday.
Last Friday the 10th, a week after the Madrid-Barça Cup in which tickets with Laporta's face were thrown in the vicinity of the Bernabéu, the Prosecutor's Office of Barcelona officially denounced the Catalan team "for a continued crime of corruption in business, in its modality of sports fraud, another of unfair administration and another of falsification in commercial documents". In addition, he also accused the former vice president of the Technical Committee of Referees (CTA), José María Enríquez Negreira, the former presidents of Barça, Sandro Rosell and Josep Maria Bartomeu, their directors, Óscar Grau and Albert Soler.
The Prosecutor's Office said that "through presidents Sandro Rosell and Josep Maria Bartomeu, Barça reached and maintained a strictly confidential verbal agreement" with the accused Enríquez Negreira, to whom they paid more than 7 million euros for fictitious advice of arbitration videos
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