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The head of the Spanish Federation defends the legitimacy of super contracts in Saudi Arabia


The president of the Spanish Football Association, Luis Rubiels, on Wednesday denounced leaks related to the Spanish Super Cup, commissions paid to Gerard Pique’s business and the “stealing” of information from his phone in defense of the legitimacy of deals with Saudi Arabia.

“I am more angry at all the lies that prioritize lies over the real problem of information being stolen illegally from my phone,” Rubiels said during a press conference.

Rupeelos’ speech came in response to reports that the Cosmos, a company headed by Barcelona defender Big, had commissioned a commission to transfer the Spanish Super Cup to Saudi Arabia.

After receiving personal documents and audio recordings between Pique and Rubiales on El Confidential Monday, the federation negotiated a commission of four million euros a year, for a total of 24 million euros for each of the six editions that Saudi Arabia began to hold. In 2020.

Rubiales explained that before selecting Saudi Arabia, based on Cosmos’ proposal to change the design of the Super Cup, several countries such as the United States, Qatar and China were contacted.

“When they (Cosmos) come to do business, they make it clear that they will not have an economic relationship with the union,” the 44-year-old said.

He continued, “If there is any commission, the Cosmos will receive it from Saudi Arabia.

The president of the association added that the agreement was out of date and had been replaced by another. He pointed out that a new deal would end in 2020 between 2023 and 2029, which would require Saudi Arabia to pay 40 million euros a season, with Spanish clubs not required to play in each edition, and half of this money allocated to “modest teams”.

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“All the media, even those who published this agreement, agree that it is legal,” Rubiels stressed, pointing out that they have complied with all the ethical and legal rules of the union.

For his part, Pique stressed during a press conference on Monday that “everything we did was legal and there were no contradictions.”

The first edition of the Super in its new format came from four clubs, which took place in January 2020 in Saudi Arabia between Barcelona, ​​Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and Valencia, and won on penalties at the expense of Real Atletico. Jeddah Final.

He returned to Spain in January 2021 due to the aftermath of the Corona epidemic, won the title of Athletic Bilbao and then returned to Riyadh where Real Madrid were crowned last January.

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