Wednesday, April 21, 2021

President of Spanish Footballers’ Association David Aganzo accused of bribery

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The Spanish Footballers’ Association (AFE) have been hit with a shock as president David Aganzo has been accused of bribery.

An email sent by Antonio Saiz Checa to the board of directors pointed fingers at the organisation’s president.

“I am writing to you with the aim of making certain facts known,” read the message, which introduced an attached letter, “and about actions carried out by AFE president, David Aganzo”.

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The letter, which MARCA have gained access to, highlights serious accusations against Aganzo, and alleges that he has committed bribery.

Saiz Checa, the sender of the email, says that he himself participated in some of the acts that he explains, though only due to having been forced by Aganzo.

The letter, which is now in the possession of Valencia’s prosecutor’s office, was sent to 12 members of the AFE board and it was requested that it would be forwarded onto the 13th member, as Checa did not possess their email address.

The complaint accuses Aganzo of having funds to illegally obtain fiscal documentation from Futbolistas On and that information from the tax office would have been obtained “by payment to a public official”.

Checa later outlines the exact amount of the alleged payment, which is 3,000 euros, though the public official is unnamed, and details that the sum was collected by Gonzalo de Medinilla of the AFE’s legal department.

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It’s added that once the documentation was obtained, it was handed to Aganzo in the presence of Diego Rivas.

MARCA have also had access to a photograph that is to be provided in court and which is, according to the complaint, the illegally obtained document.

The photograph shows the document in question lying on a table in Aganzo’s AFE office alongside a decorative ball and magazines.

“He forced me to collaborate to illegally obtain certain fiscal documentation from Futbolistas On,” Checa emphatically says before explaining that he himself delivered the documents.

Checa adds that he “participated and collaborated” in the actions carried out, saying “I regret every moment”.

It is also accused that Aganzo forced Checa into recording a video expressing support of his management that would be published “to avoid future problems”.

“I was subjected to both emotional and professional blackmail,” Checa accuses.

Perjury

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Continuing, Checa insists that after returning to work, we continued to suffer “pressure and coercion” as well as being forced into committing perjury.

“They pressured me into not telling the whole truth in a trial against the treasurer of Futbolistas On,” he explains.

In the letter, Checa describes himself as a “person who is loved and respected by football players”, having given himself entirely to his profession, but shows regret about the image conveyed to his peers.

“This is why I regret my actions the most,” he writes, “because I know I’m going to disappoint them.

“I hope they can forgive me and understand that there are times when mistakes are made in order to protect the family.”

Continuing to ask for the support of his colleagues, Checa adds that “all of this has already been brought to the attention of justice” as he was unable to carry the burden any longer, as well as explaining that he has had the support of his family “after explaining the mistakes to them”.

Strong pressure

Checa insists that he was under a lot of pressure, and that he’s only managed to overcome it due to the support of his relatives.

To conclude, Checa asks that all of the board “adopt the necessary measures so that corruption and bad practices can be eradicated from the AFE” and so that they can recover an institution that is “so necessary and loved by footballers”.

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