Javier Caceres, Berlin
The dubious and multi-million dollar payments made by FC Barcelona to one of Spain’s highest-ranking referee officials have led to a media outcry on the Iberian Peninsula. “Scandal,” yelled the Madrid sports newspaper mark; the competition called ace spoke in her getup of “Barçagate”. On Thursday, the Spanish football association RFEF announced that it intends to join any court proceedings as an interested party and, if necessary, as a joint plaintiff. The public prosecutor’s office is investigating a possible corruption offence, but has not yet completed the investigation. And so it is far from decided whether an indictment is due.