Florentino Perez, president of Real Madrid, decided not to attend his team’s match against Barcelona at the “Spotify Camp Nou” stadium, Sunday, in the 26th round of the Spanish Football League, according to a source in the Catalan host club.
The source also reported that the traditional lunch that brings together the two clubs’ administrators before the match was also canceled, due to the tense atmosphere between the two parties, after representatives of the Public Prosecution Office charged the Catalan club with corruption charges related to payments of more than 7.3 million euros to a company owned by a former arbitration chief.
Barcelona responded to the charges by saying that it paid Jose Maria Enriques Negrera, a former referee and former vice president of the arbitration committee of the local federation of the game between 1994 and 2018, to obtain reports and advice related to arbitration.
Real Madrid stated last week that it would appear in the case as an aggrieved party to defend its interests once the proceedings proceeded.
Barcelona is facing its royal rivals, looking to widen the nine-point difference that separates it from last season’s champion, and take an additional step towards winning the league title for the first time since 2019.
And the newspaper “AS” indicated that the absence of Perez would be his first in the “El Clasico” at the stadium of the Catalan rivals in 20 years.
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