Gerard Pique denies wrongdoing over involvement in RFEF-Saudi Arabia deal

Pique was suspected of corruption charges after audio recordings were leaked.

Gerard Pique has refused the claims of any wrongdoing after his audio recordings with Luis Rubiales President of the Spanish football federation (RFEF), which revealed that the Barcelona defender helped to negotiate a €24 million ($25.9 million) commission to bring the Spanish Super Cup to Saudi Arabia.

As part of an agreement worth €40 million for each tournament, the federation revised the format of the Super Cup in 2020, introducing a “Final Four” and relocating the competition to Saudi Arabia. During a stream on his Twitch channel, Pique stated that the deal is not something he will hide he and his company Kosmos will be proud of the job that they have done.

According to leaked recordings from El Confidencial, The Saudi organisers will pay Pique’s agency Kosmos €4 million every year for negotiating the six-year deal.

Regarding the leaked recordings, Pique stated that it was leaked with bad intentions and was making news of something that happened two years back. He added that leaking the audio was the only illegal thing that took place.

Because of the coronavirus outbreak, the Super Cup had to be played in Spain in 2021. The audio recordings were made public just days after the federation revealed that it had been hacked and that emails, text messages, and documents involving high officials had been stolen. According to the organisation, the information was given to Spanish media outlets anonymously. Authorities have been called to look into the matter.

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