A large-scale scandal threatens to shake the RFEF, the Spanish Football Federation.
The daily El Confidencial has provided access to documents belonging to the Federation led by Luis Rubiales that reveal the agreement between him and Gerard Pique, through the company owned by the Barcelona defender and which also organizes the Davis Cup in tennis, with the Barcelona player who is at the same time the owner of Andorra, a club that militates in the third Spanish category. The agreement between the President of the Federation and Pique concerns the transfer of the Spanish Super Cup to Saudi Arabia, a business accompanied by commissions of millions of euros.
El Confidencial has audio materials, emails and documents that leave little room for imagination. Last week, the Spanish federation announced that confidential material had been leaked to him, and that a newspaper had contacted him informing him that he had the material in question and would publish it, as it happened. Publications will continue and in the week leading up to the Copa del Rey final organized by the Federation, Rubiales’s position is seriously in jeopardy.
The materials prove that at the end of 2018 Pique proposes to Rubiales to expand the Spanish Super Cup with 4 teams, the first two of La Liga and the two finalists of the Copa del Rey, to benefit a better television contract. Rubiales accepts and starts searching for the stadium, initially in Spain, but Pique immediately lets him know that with his contacts he can lead the tournament to Saudi Arabia.
At first they think of the Bernabeu, but Real Madrid tells you no. Real also let you know that they would prefer to go west rather than east if the tournament moves outside Spanish territory, and that they will not move for less than 8 million euros. Then the figures are determined, from 8 million euros for Real and Barcelona, 2 for Atletico Madrid and 1 for Valencia.
Meanwhile, 4 million euros are given to Kosmos, Pique’s company for each of the 6 years in which the tournament will be played in Saudi Arabia. These details come to light from an audio message sent by Pique to the president of the Rubiales Federation who is already making the rounds of the internet.
A minimum of 6 million euros would go to the Federation each year, and this is an important detail as Rubiales’s contract provides for a fixed salary as well as another part that depends on the income of the Spanish Federation, so it could multiply the salary his.
In August 2019 the agreement was ready, but put at risk as Rubiales feared the ethical consequences that the relocation of competitions could have in Saudi Arabia, a country where the death penalty is still in force, and is accused of discriminating against women. Pique convinces the President that it would be even worse if he withdrew and so the parties move forward until the signing, with Rubiales sending a triumphant message to the Barcelona player.
The President then intervenes to unlock the payment for Cosmos, while always in the summer of 2019, Andorra is handed a place in Segunda B, which was left vacant by Reus. Thus the team owned by Pique immediately moves from the fifth category to the third, overcoming two steps at once.
According to what El Confidencial reveals, the federation closed a contract worth 40 million euros per season, much more than the 25 million euros originally quoted, something that had a significant effect by multiplying the salary of the President, who now has to offer his version to defend himself against serious charges, while he has to wait for the publication of other documents.