Both Barcelona and Real Madrid are often accused by each other’s fanbase of match-fixing scandals. The so-called ‘purchase’ of referees is one of the Spanish media’s favourite and bestselling topics.
El Confidencial has revealed what they claim to be a conversation between RFEF president Rubiales and Barcelona defender Gerard Pique.
The conversation is dated back to the Blaugranas‘ game against Real Sociedad in the 2019/20 season. The transcript is as follows:
Rubiales: “How are you?”
Pique: “Fu**ed. They messed up today.”
Rubiales: “What happened? Didn’t VAR see it?”
Pique: “Well, they didn’t check VAR. And it’s a clear penalty.”
Pique: “VAR did nothing. They should’ve told the referees, especially when they blew the whistle for Busi in the first half.”
Should this revelation be proven true, it would come as a black mark on Gerard Pique’s illustrious career. Using one’s personal relationships with the president of a governing body to complain, and possibly help the team is an issue that needs to be treated more seriously.
Madrid fans, especially, have not taken this well, and understandably so, due to the obvious conflict of interest.
I have no idea how this isn’t bigger headline news in world football.— The Real Champs (@TheRealChampsFS) April 21, 2022
We are talking about a major conflict of interest.
Here is prominent player potentially trying to use his relationship with a governing body’s president to help his own team/career. https://t.co/x1YnXJnuUG
The same outlet recently released information about the centre-back’s involvement in the Spanish Super Cup being shifted to Saudi Arabia.
Pique explained the controversy and accepted his role in the decision, stating that everything they had done was legal.
“Everything we have done is legal, I’m going to expose my part in the conflict of interest I want to show my face because I have nothing to hide. I am proud of what we do at Kosmos,” he said.
Given that El Confidencial got that report spot on, there is a high chance that the leaked conversation is true too.
Real Madrid veteran tipped to stay at club by ex-star: “His wish is to renew”
Real Madrid are in for a busy summer ahead. While the club are expected to undergo a massive squad overhaul, they are also facing pressure to renew the contracts of some of the most established players in the squad.
Luka Modric is among the list of veterans, who have their contracts expiring at the end of the season. At the age of 37, there has understandably been a layer of uncertainty over his future at Santiago Bernabeu, especially amid interest from Saudi Arabian entities.
The Saudi league has reportedly offered Modric the opportunity to join any club of his choice in the Middle East nation, with a two-and-a-half-year contract worth €40 million per season.
But in a recent media interaction, Predrag Mijatovic, former Real Madrid player and close friend of Modric, has backed the veteran Croat to continue at Santiago Bernabeu.
“When Luka Modric is well, Real Madrid plays much better. His wish is to renew one more year,” said Mijatovic (h/t El Larguero), who played for Real Madrid from 1996 to 1999, featuring in 118 competitive matches for the club.
Mijatovic’s comments confirm recent reports suggesting how Modric is leaning towards a prolonged stay at Bernabeu. It appears the ageing midfielder has no desire to accept the lucrative terms coming from Saudi Arabia just yet.
The former Tottenham star is confident of his abilities to continue at the highest level for at least another year before he can the next and final step in his career.
Since joining Real Madrid in 2012, Modric has featured in 462 competitive matches, racking up 36 goals and 74 assists. His contributions have been crucial to the club’s success over the past decade. Whether or not the midfielder is now willing to extend his stay for a further year remains to be seen.