October 3, 2023

Real Madrid did not participate in the joint statement released by 17 of the 20 La Liga teams expressing concerns over the payments made by Barcelona to a former referee chief.

Valencia was the other club absent from the statement.

Real Madrid’s absence from the statement is due to their lack of representation in La Liga’s Delegate Commission, which planned the statement’s release.

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Reports from Spain suggested that Real Madrid later declined to add their name to the statement as they had not contributed to it.

La Liga has not opened an investigation into Barcelona’s conduct but has allowed the Prosecutor’s Office to continue their work on the Barçagate scandal to avoid compromising the case.

League president Javier Tebas has warned Barcelona that they could face strict sporting punishments if they are found to have breached regulations.

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