Spanish football federation denies investigating journalists
The Spanish football federation on Monday denied investigating journalists to determine who leaked audios and documents linked to president Luis Rubiales and Barcelona player Gerard Pique.
The leaked material showed Rubiales and Pique negotiating the details of a lucrative deal to bring the Spanish Super Cup to Saudi Arabia. Both have denied wrongdoing in the negotiations.
Spanish daily El Confidencial, which published most of the leaked audios and documents, said on Monday the federation had launched an investigation into an El Mundo journalist in an attempt to uncover his involvement in the leaks.
The federation responded with a statement saying it was only investigating two of its own employees to try to determine their involvement in the leaks.
He said his employees had met with the El Mundo journalist, but reiterated that the investigation into them was legal. The federation noted that the investigation is what led to the lawsuits against the employees, including Rubiales’ uncle, Juan Rubiales.
The federation said it was the target of a media campaign aimed at disrupting Rubiales’ presidency.
Spanish league president Javier Tebas slammed Rubiales again on Monday, saying it was time authorities did something to stop him from spying on people.
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