Athletic Bilbao fans insulted Barcelona amid the Negrera affair during a match that brought the two teams together on Sunday night in the 25th round of the Spanish Football League.
Barça returned with three valuable points from their host’s stadium, Athletic Bilbao, beating him with an unanswered goal, and the hosts’ fateful draw at the San Mamés stadium was cancelled.
In light of Barcelona’s official allegation of bribery of referees in what is known in the media as the “Negrera Affair”, Bilbao fans have expressed their anger.
Fans chanted against Barcelona and threw fake banknotes with the words “mafia” in connection with the accusation of the Catalan club of taking bribes for arbitration.
Honor to the Sevilla Football Club and Bilbao Athletic Club 👏👏👏 pic.twitter.com/o8KAtfEMYB
– Vikïngä❄️ (@Madridologa) March 12, 2023
Fans of Bilbao Athletic, tiraron dinero, as well as a campaign against Barcelona to protest allegations of corruption. pic.twitter.com/dUE0mevJAx
– Mauricio Orellana 🎥 🇸🇻 (@MauriOrellanaSV) March 13, 2023
El Polo? El Polo del Athletic, nací en Bilbao y vivo en Euskalherria, a series of symbols that I represent, uno de ellos es este flequillo pic.twitter.com/ZJR4o6Ezoi
– . (@Meendii__) March 12, 2023
In addition, Athletic Bilbao fans protested at the moment when Brazilian international Rafinha scored a goal, and also after Iñaki Williams did not equalize.
The pursuit by the prosecutor’s office in Barcelona is aimed at the Catalan club in its moral capacity, as well as Rosella, Bartomeu and two other people in the latter’s team.
The case concerns alleged payments made by Barcelona to Negrere, former Vice President of the Technical Arbitration Committee, for providing advice and verbal advice to the club on topics related to refereeing.
Prosecutors indicated that the Catalan club paid Negrera a total of more than 7.3 million euros between 1994 and 2018.
According to Barcelona, which denies any wrongdoing, Negrera was paid to advise the club on refereeing matters. But the Spanish judiciary believes that these amounts could be used to bribe the rulers.