Spanish Football Federation and Gerard Pique’s company, Kosmos, agreed on a commission worth €24 million for moving the Spanish Cup to Saudi Arabia, according to El Confidencial. The sensational report claims Pique’s involvement in the deal was hidden by the Spanish FA, but the defender netted €6 million for his part.
The report claims it was Pique who suggested the tournament be limited to just four teams - the winners and runners-up of Copa Del Rey and La Liga.
An audio clipping from September 15, 2019, obtained by El Confidencial, includes Rubiales congratulating Pique on the signing of the deal. The president also mentions Piques’s goal, which the defender scored during Barcelona’s win against Valencia the day before.
"Geri, congratulations. And I'm not referring to yesterday's great game or your goal. It's already past 12 o'clock and the agreement with Saudi Arabia is already firm. A hug, thanks for everything and I'm here for whatever you need" the president is heard saying.
The reports also include audio clips from 2018, where Rubiales and Pique initially discuss convincing Real Madrid to agree to hold the Super Cup at Camp Nou.
"I think Real Madrid will say 'no', but that's f**king great for us to justify things in the future and to say we're going to the stadium with the largest capacity, the stadium of the champion or cup winner or cup finalists. I think we'll have legitimacy." Rubiales explained to Pique, as translated by Marca.
The shocking revelation could cause a corruption scandal in Spain, as Pique is still an active player for Barcelona.