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The former president of Racing says he did not order to pay "anything" without proof

13/01/2020

The former president of Racing Francisco Pernía has assured in the trial that he started this Monday against him at the Provincial Court of Cantabria that he never gave orders to pay "nothing" without a payment receipt or documentary proof.

In addition, he explained that the bills did not reach him directly and that "all" they were "intervened" by the Club Administration, in addition to, as he said, "not all expenses had to be authorized" by him.

Pernía faces the request of the Prosecutor's Office for six years in prison and compensation of more than 410,000 euros for alleged misappropriation in relation to the Racing Primavera football school in Brazil, and for unfair administration for the purchase of a luxury car charged to the club for exclusive use and for compensation of 100,000 euros to Galería Culturas, José Campos, for contractual termination.

In relation to the football school he launched in Brazil, he said he believed it could be a "good business opportunity" as it would allow Racing to sell players or avoid having to buy them, in addition to, "with which one came out just "go ahead," would have paid off the debt "of the team.

Together with the former president, agents Juan Vergara and Iñaki Urquijo, the latter promoter and responsible for a time of the Brazil project, also sat on the bench, which consisted of training players to join Racing or transfer to third teams.

The Prosecutor's Office and the prosecution - executed by Racing, the Unified Association of Small Shareholders of Racing (AUPA) and Association of Former Players of Racing - consider that the project lacked a plan and consisted "basically in a series of transfers" to two accounts that were created, in addition to pointing out that certain amounts were diverted to "third parties outside the school."

In this regard, Pernía explained that payments were made to Urquijo because sometimes "he had advanced money." In addition, an amount was entered into a car repair company at a time when the Brazilian club's account was blocked by default, and according to the former president, they advised the club to send the money through this route to arrive earlier .

Likewise, he added that Urquijo told him that by the third year of the school's operation, he could "leave some" of the players, and "with the exit one, the investment was already amortized." However, Pernía has acknowledged that Spring "had no return" and "none of those who came" never came "because" no one looked at them "and there was a" rarefied environment. "

Pernía stressed that the promoters of this initiative did not think "at any time" to do any economic damage to anyone. "On the contrary, it was thinking that it went well, because it was something important," he said.

As for the car he acquired from the club, an Audi S8, the former president of Racing has said that it was decided in Council to replace the previous one with another of the same model because "he had stopped twice" and the "image" he projected , despite ten months after buying it, the bankruptcy was declared and a debt of 48 million euros.

In this sense, he insisted that "he always" made the trips he had to do as president of the club by car, so that he did more than 100,000 kilometers on average per year, and that he did not give him "any particular use" because he was Busy "365 days a year" in your position.

On the other hand, as for José Campos' company, Pernía has said that a verbal contract was established and that he was present at the time the agreement was reached, although "he did not intervene".

In this sense, he explained that he was hired for six years and that a year "the relationship deteriorated" and Racing "understood that José Campos had to leave." Thus, Campos' club and lawyer - who initially asked for 300,000 euros - agreed to the figure of 100,000 euros for compensation for terminating the contract five years earlier than agreed, since the team believed that, going to court , a judge would impose a higher amount.

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