Piqué helped negotiate a commission to bring the Spanish Super Cup to Saudi Arabia.
Recordings stolen from the Spanish soccer federation by hackers have revealed that Barcelona defender Gerard Pique helped negotiate a 24 million euro ($25.9 million) commission to bring the Spanish Super Cup to Saudi Arabia.
The federation changed the format of the competition in 2020 and moved the final stage to Saudi Arabia, within the framework of an agreement that would generate 40 million euros per edition. While before it was a duel between the champions of the League and the Copa del Rey, now it is played by the first and second in the League and the two finalists in the Cup.
Piqué’s Kosmos group would charge $4 million per tournament for having negotiated a six-year deal, according to the newspaper El Confidencial, which released the recordings on Monday.
Piqué says in the recordings that the money would be distributed among the clubs and that the federation would keep one six million euros.
The federation told El Confidencial that there was nothing illegal in what was said in the recordings or in the negotiations and that the details of the agreement had already been disclosed.
When the agreement was announced, however, the president of the federation, Luis Rubiales, assured that Piqué would not receive any commission. The commission, in any case, is paid by Saudi Arabia, not by the federation.
The federation was heavily criticized by human rights organizations for its decision to play the tournament in Saudi Arabia.
The release of the recordings came just days after the federation said hackers had stolen emails, text messages and other documents.
The federation said it believed the information was provided anonymously to the media and had asked authorities to investigate the matter.
On the other hand, Rubiales is accused of making pejorative comments about Atlético de Madrid in some recordings.