Rubiales, cornered by Anticorruption | Canary Islands7

Luis Rubiales, president of the FEF. / PHOTO: Efe | VIDEO: EP


The Prosecutor's Office investigates the president of the FEF for alleged prevarication, whom the CSD demands to give explanations for recording senior government officials

Luis Rubiales is cornered by the Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office, which this Thursday opened an investigation against the president of the Spanish Football Federation (FEF) for the controversial contract signed with Gerard Piqué to transfer the Spanish Super Cup to Saudi Arabia. Rubiales must also respond to the Higher Sports Council (CSD) after the Government has demanded that he give explanations for having recorded private conversations with senior officials of the Pedro Sánchez Executive. Among others, with the former Minister of Culture and Sports José Guirao, and with the former Secretary of State for Sports, Irene Lozano.

The current president of the CSD, José Manuel Franco, sent a forceful letter to Rubiales this Thursday, in which he shows his concern about "the repeated publication of journalistic information that points to alleged irregular behavior" in a management "that can harm the image and the good name» of the FEF. "It is very convenient that you provide public opinion with the data you have to mitigate the concern that some information has generated," José Manuel Franco claims to Luis Rubiales. As 'El Confidencial' has revealed, the top leader of the FEF secretly recorded members of the government, and also the president of the soccer players' union (AFE), David Aganzo, who has already announced "legal measures" against Rubiales. Once the scandal of the Spanish Super Cup exploded and, after the complaint filed a month ago by the president of the National Training Center for Football Coaches (Cenafe), Miguel Ángel Galán, Anticorruption will proceed to file a complaint against Rubiales in the courts or file its investigation.

Denounced before the Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office for "alleged corruption between individuals, corruption in business, unfair administration, administrative prevarication and an alleged crime of bribery", Rubiales is going through his most delicate moment at the head of the FEF since he became president just ago four years. The complaint by Miguel Ángel Galán, who was the scourge of Ángel Villar and did not stop battling in court against the Biscayan leader who ended up in jail, also reaches the FEF, Gerard Piqué and the company chaired by the Barcelona footballer, Kosmos .

"Legality of all his movements"

Also accused in the complaint that Anticorruption is already investigating is the "allegedly irregular" payment of 3,100 euros per month by the FEF for the rental of "a luxury apartment" in Rubiales in the center of Madrid. However, what has really put Rubiales on the ropes has been the Super Cup scandal, with a commission of 24 million euros for Piqué -paid by Saudi Arabia-, and allegedly illegal behavior, with clandestine recordings that have led the government to intervene.

Threatened now by a lawsuit and pressured by the Executive, Rubiales announced this Thursday that "for the sake of transparency and in order to collaborate with justice, the FEF has appeared before the Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office, making itself available to facilitate the documentation you need or clarify any aspect that is requested. «The FEF remains firm in its position regarding the legality of all its movements, in the face of the accusations made in an unprecedented smear campaign against the president of the FEF and his team. The Federation collaborates and will collaborate with all those bodies that request information to demonstrate that all the accusations respond to a forced story to confuse public opinion and try to end the president of the FEF, "insists the federative body through a statement .

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