Gerard Pique REFUSES corruption allegations over Saudi Super Cup deal

Pique Leaked Audio: Gerard Pique RUBE corruption allegations over Saudi Super Cup deal, claims ‘audio was taken out of context’ – Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has rejected any wrongdoing over his involvement in helping the Spanish FA secure a deal to move the Super Cup from Spain to Saudi Arabia, a deal that earned his company Kosmos £24m. euros ($26 million) in commission. Follow InsideSport.IN for more updates

On Monday, the El Confidencial website published leaked audio recordings from 2019 which revealed details of Spanish FA president Luis Rubiales and Pique’s contract negotiated with Saudi Arabia which included Kosmos receiving 4 million euros for each of the six editions of the Super Cup that were to be played in the Middle Eastern country.

Pique Leaked Audio: Gerard Pique DENY corruption allegations over Saudi Super Cup deal, says ‘audio was taken out of context’

Pique Leaked Audio: Gerard Pique DENY corruption allegations over Saudi Super Cup deal, says ‘audio was taken out of context’

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“I have absolutely nothing to hide, everything is legal” Pique said Monday at a late-night press conference which was streamed on his social media channel.

“We can debate the morality of it, but the only illegality is the leaking of the audios. I also don’t see any ethical issues or conflicts of interest. It’s the opposite, I’m proud of the spectacular job we’ve done to bring the Spanish Super Cup to Saudi Arabia.”

Pique said the €4m paid per tournament to Kosmos was 10% of the €40m the Saudi authorities agreed to pay the Spanish FA each year to bring the Super Cup to the Gulf state.

“As a commission, it’s below market value. These types of transactions usually pay 15% to 20%”, The Barcelona defender said as he was repeatedly questioned by reporters who believed his involvement in the deal brokerage was a conflict of interest.

Pique Leaked Audio: Gerard Pique DENY corruption allegations over Saudi Super Cup deal, says ‘audio was taken out of context’

“We will take legal action against the publication of the audios.

“The audios were taken out of context. I was just trying to help the president (Rubiales) to have a financially logical formula for the FA and the clubs. Business problems have nothing to do with sports problems.

The Spanish FA have taken a similar stance.

“We do not understand how such a clear, positive and clean operation becomes a source of controversy. We all know there is nothing illegal here,” Spanish FA communications manager Pablo Garcia Cuervo told Cadena Ser on Tuesday.

“Pique is a businessman who has an agency that operates internationally with big events and has good contacts. All he did was put us in contact with Saudi Arabia. It’s not a conflict of interest, he just helped Spanish football close an extraordinary operation.”

Pique Leaked Audio: Gerard Pique DENY corruption allegations over Saudi Super Cup deal, says ‘audio was taken out of context’

The decision to move the Spanish Super Cup to Saudi Arabia has been criticized by many due to the country’s human rights record.

Amnesty International called on clubs involved in the tournament to take a stand on women’s rights and equality issues, but received no response.

Saudi Arabia does not have a codified legal system or laws regarding sexual orientation or gender identity. Judges sentenced people for “immorality”have sex outside of marriage and have same-sex sex.

At the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix in December, seven-time Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton wore a rainbow-colored Progress Pride helmet to draw attention to LGBTQ+ intolerance in the country.

Pique Leaked Audio: Gerard Pique DENY corruption allegations over Saudi Super Cup deal, says ‘audio was taken out of context’

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