Piqué in spotlight for multi-million-euro Saudi commission
Madrid, Apr 18 (EFE).- FC Barcelona defender Gerard Piqué worked with the head of Spain’s football federation (RFEF) Luis Rubiales in a bid to secure a multi-million-euro commission from the deal to move the Spanish Super Cup from Spain to Saudi Arabia, a report claimed Monday.
Piqué, who owns sport multimedia studio Kosmos, and Rubalies sought a payout of up to 24 million euros ($25M) from the deal, according to audio recordings and documents published by Spanish newspaper El Confidencial.
The report claimed that the Barça defender was set to make 6 million euros from the deal.
In one audio message, dated to September 2019, Rubiales appeared to congratulate Piqué for his involvement in the deal.
“Geri! Congrats! And I’m not talking about your game yesterday, or your goal. It’s past 12, which means that the deal with Saudi Arabia has been signed. Thanks for everything. I’m here for whatever you need. A big hug. Take care,” he said in the message.
The 2019-20 and 2021-22 Spanish Super Cup semi-finals and finals were played in Saudi Arabia. EFE