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Frances Tiafoe roars with delight during his match against Rafael Nadal – Rafael Nadal vs Frances Tiafoe, US Open 2022: live score and latest updates – USA TODAY
  • Tiafoe takes first set 6-4 against a subdued Nadal

  • Nadal responds to take the second 6-4

  • The American is back on top in the third, taking it 6-4

  • Watch: Nadal suffers bloody nose after hitting himself with racket

  • Spaniard hunting 23rd grand-slam singles title

11:13 PM

Frances Tiafoe speaks….

I don’t even know to say right now. I’m almost in tears, he’s one of the greatest of all time but I played unbelievable tennis today.

When I first came on the scene there were a lot of expectations. It took some time but I’ve been able to develop over the last two years with a great time behind me.

I played great today. I came out to win a tennis match in front you guys and I’m happy I could do that.

To have my entire team here with me today to see this means more to me than anything

11:08 PM

Rafael Nadal 4-6 6-4 4-6 3-6 Frances Tiafoe                             

Tiafoe gets to 0-30 and there appears to be a look of resignation on the face of Rafael Nadal.

That’s about as rare as it gets in the tennis world.

HUGE RETURN FROM TIAFOE. And it’s three match points.

Nadal saves the first after a Tiafoe forehand finds the net but he nets on his next backhand.

FRANCES TIAFOE HAS BEATEN RAFAEL NADAL!!!!!!!!

11:04 PM

Rafael Nadal* 4-6 6-4 4-6 3-5 Frances Tiafoe (*denotes next server)                               

Tiafoe, contrary to all the pressure, flies through his service game and gets to 40-0 with ease. He’s looking to move to within a game of a US Open semi-final but you wouldn’t know it.

Or would you? Two unforced errors bring Nadal to 40-30 and then another brings us to deuce.

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Big ace at 134mph gets the American to game point once more but Nadal is too good with a backhand and we’re back to deuce.

Two points and it’s a huge hold from Tiafoe.

Nadal will serve to stay in it.

10:58 PM

Nadal’s game plan

Win or lose. This has been a strange performance from Nadal. You could hardly say he’s played badly but his tactics have been at odds with what has worked for him for much of his career.

Huge second serves , regular serving and volleying…these aren’t things we associate with Nadal.

It may be a physical limitation. It may just be a bad day. But something is off with Spaniard.

10:55 PM

Rafael Nadal 4-6 6-4 4-6 3-4 Frances Tiafoe* (*denotes next server)                               

Nadal is still going for broke on second serve. Is that an indication he feels the rest of his game can’t get him over the line here?

Another double fault – his ninth – gives Tiafoe 15-30 but the American then goes long with his return before Nadal’s finds a big first serve.

Another error bring us to deuce though and Tiafoe could be in business…..and he is!

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Tiafoe responds to Nadal’s drop shot with an even better one of his own. and he has a break point.

Nadal saves with a big serve, the match feels like it’s on a precipice here.

But that’s just too good from Tiafoe, after getting Nadal on the run he secures another break point chance with an assured volley.

NADAL MISSES. Frances Tiafoe is up a break in fourth – he only needs wo more holds of serve.

10:47 PM

Rafael Nadal* 4-6 6-4 4-6 3-3 Frances Tiafoe (*denotes next server)                             

Nadal gets to 0-30. After three service breaks in 30 games we may have three in three here. The closure of the roof appears to have had a big impact on this  match.

Tiafoe responds with a big first serve to take us 15-30 but he then misses an easy backhand and Nadal has break points again.

Tiafoe gets one back after a huge forehand crosscourt proves too much for Nadal to deal with. And then saves the other after Nadal goes long and we’re back to deuce.

Back-to-back big serves and its game Tiafoe. That feels like a big statement.

10:41 PM

Rafael Nadal 4-6 6-4 4-6 3-2 Frances Tiafoe* (*denotes next server)                             

A big serve wide to Tiafoe’s forehand brings an error and takes Nadal to 30-15 but then the second double fault of the game lets Tiafoe back in.

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A huge Tiafoe return then gives the American an immediate chance to break back.

He’s got it! A huge response from Frances Tiafoe.

10:35 PM

Rafael Nadal* 4-6 6-4 4-6 3-1 Frances Tiafoe (*denotes next server)                           

Tiafoe approaches the umpire to complain about the noise of the roof serving but is told to continue.

He then nets a cheap backhand and follows that with a double fault – this roof seems to have got him.

The roof is closed but that hasn’t helped the American as he shanks an easy forehand volley.

Two break points for Nadal. Ace from Tiafoe – 137mph!

Tiafoe’s got nothing there though and Nadal breaks early in this fourth set.

10:30 PM

Roof time

The roof at Arthur Ashe Stadium is on the move.

Play won’t stop though.

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10:29 PM

Rafael Nadal 4-6 6-4 4-6 2-1 Frances Tiafoe* (*denotes next server)                           

Nadal’s serving on second serve has been extraordinary. He’s taking some big chances but it’s paying off for the most part as he reaches 40-0

Until he double faults there though. Classic. An ace finishes the game.

10:25 PM

Rafael Nadal* 4-6 6-4 4-6 1-1 Frances Tiafoe (*denotes next server)                         

Tiafoe is playing terrific tennis here and gets to 40-15 with a delicious drop volley. That really is a touch of class.

Then an ace and another easy hold for the 24-year-old

10:22 PM

Rafael Nadal 4-6 6-4 4-6 1-0 Frances Tiafoe* (*denotes next server)                         

Tiafoe’s ability to stand toe-to-toe at the back of the court with Nadal has been superb so far. He’s actually had the better of those exchanges for the most part.

Tiafoe gets to 0-30 and has golden chance with a pass down the line but it falls wide.

Then an incredible point goes to Nadal, Tiafoe gets two balls back that he has absolutely no business even close to before Nadal puts him away.

Ooooo that’s an error from Nadal as he nets cheaply and an early break point chance for Tiafoe.

Nadal dials up a big second serve to save the break point, back to deuce. Two big points from Nadal follow.

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Crucial hold.

10:14 PM

Break time

Both players have taken decent breaks after that third set.

They’re back out now though. Umpire calls time.

The fourth set is about to get underway.

10:07 PM

Rafael Nadal* 4-6 6-4 4-6 0-0 Frances Tiafoe (*denotes next server)                       

A double fault opens the game. Gulp. You don’t want to show any tightness now Frances.

His comeback is superb, a searing serve down the middle which gives Nadal no chance.

And now it’s Nadal’s turn to misjudge one as a Tiafoe mishit drops in, much to the Spaniard’s dismay.

OH WOW. Tiafoe brings up three set point with arguably his shot of the match, a forehand winner down the line off a heavy Nadal forehand.

Ace. And that’s the third set to Tiafoe.

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10:01 PM

Rafael Nadal 4-6 6-4 4-5 Frances Tiafoe* (*denotes next server)                       

Nadal gives up on point to grab his towel after leaving Tiafoe an easy finish. 15-15.

Tiafoe then goes long on his next return before Nadal produces a superbly worked point ending in a backhand winner to get to 40-15.

Nadal holds. Tiafoe’s going to have to serve this out.

09:57 PM

Rafael Nadal* 4-6 6-4 3-5 Frances Tiafoe (*denotes next server)                     

Nadal scrambles incredibly to keep himself in the point and is rewarded with a Tiafoe error.

Ace at 132mph. Ace at 135mph. It think it’s fair to say they stay hit when talking about Frances Tiafoe.

It’s the opposite end of the spectrum next, a delicate drop shot finds the mark and it’s two game points for Tiafoe.

Nadal gets one back with a huge return but then a serve and volley from Tiafoe surprises the Spaniard. Hold

09:53 PM

Rain in the area

Wet weather is expected to hit Flushing Meadows in the next hour.

We could be finishing this one under the roof.

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09:52 PM

Rafael Nadal 4-6 6-4 3-4 Frances Tiafoe* (*denotes next server)                     

Tiafoe is inches away with a crosscourt pass to open the game but Nadal then double faults.

Another error from Nadal brings us to 30-30, a glimmer of light for Tiafoe.

It’s more than a glimmer now though. Punishing groundstrokes bring about another Nadal error and it’s break point.

He’s got it! A backhand winner down the line and Tiafoe wrestles control of the set.

09:45 PM

Rafael Nadal* 4-6 6-4 3-3 Frances Tiafoe (*denotes next server)                   

Nadal’s return of serve hasn’t been at its best so far today but he seems to finding a little more now.

Tiafoe responds well though, matching Nadal’s depth with excellent court location of his own as he gets to 40-15.

Ace. 138mph. Wow. Hold.

09:39 PM

Rafael Nadal 4-6 6-4 3-2 Frances Tiafoe* (*denotes next server)                   

Tiafoe, sensing an opportunity at 15-15, tries to pick up the pace but Nadal gets control of the rally and through that, the game.

Two game points for Nadal, he needs only one.

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He’s looking better and better here.

09:35 PM

Rafael Nadal* 4-6 6-4 2-2 Frances Tiafoe (*denotes next server)                 

Tiafoe’s absorbs some heavy Nadal groundstrokes and gets a cushion at 30-0. Nadal then nets off a weak-looking second serve from Tiafoe.

Nothing weak about that forehand though. Tiafoe can’t get close to Nadal’s response to his 132mph serve.

Then an error from Tiafoe, 40-30, but he then rallies and holds.

09:31 PM

Rafael Nadal 4-6 6-4 2-1 Frances Tiafoe* (*denotes next server)                 

Tiafoe’s frustration is clear as a backhand finds the net and takes Nadal to 30-15.

It’s soon 40-15 after Nadal produces a stunning forehand in response to a heavy backhand from Tiafoe.

Nadal does the rest and holds

09:27 PM

Rafael Nadal* 4-6 6-4 1-1 Frances Tiafoe (*denotes next server)               

And that’s a good start from Tiafoe, who bangs down three big first serves and gets to 40-0 quickly.

A forehand winner ends the game. Great stuff from Tiafoe.

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09:25 PM

Rafael Nadal 4-6 6-4 1-0 Frances Tiafoe* (*denotes next server)               

Easy love hold for Nadal begins the third set and the momentum feels to be very much in his corner now.

Tiafoe needs to hold his serve now.

09:22 PM

He finds a way

Not really sure how Nadal has come away with that one. There was something strange about his game in that set but in the end it’s a testament to his greatness that he’s come away with it.

Perhaps Tiafoe needed to more aggressive in his search for an early break.

Time for the third.

09:20 PM

Rafael Nadal* 4-6 6-4 Frances Tiafoe (*denotes next server)             

The door is ajar for Nadal here. Tiafoe lets a ball go that he think is going wide but it catches the line and we’re at 15-30.

Two points now as Nadal jumps on a short second serve from Tiafoe.

The American saves the first, finding some wicked angles to which Nadal has no response.

But that’s a double fault and that’s the second set for Rafael Nadal.

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Game very much one

09:14 PM

Rafael Nadal 4-6 5-4 Frances Tiafoe* (*denotes next server)             

Tiafoe nearly pulls off a miracle in response to a Nadal smash but can’t do anything about about the forehand down the line which ends the next point.

Soon it’s 40-0 but a double fault keeps Tiafoe’s hopes alive. Then a big forehand winner from the American gets us to 40-30 – can he make something of this?

DOUBLE FAULT! It’s deuce now and this a real chance for Tiafoe at the business end of this set.

But that’s an error, forcing a backhand crosscourt which flies wide – advantage Nadal.

Game Nadal – superb forehand and Tiafoe must now serve to stay in this set.

09:07 PM

Rafael Nadal* 4-6 4-4 Frances Tiafoe (*denotes next server)           

More struggles for Nadal on the return of serve as Tiafoe races to 40-0 with no real pressure from the other end.

Easy hold.

09:05 PM

Rafael Nadal 4-6 4-3 Frances Tiafoe* (*denotes next server)           

Tiafoe broke in the seventh game of the first set but Nadal shuts the door on that happening again in no uncertain terms.

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A comfortable love hold from the Spaniard, who has only dropped two points on serve in this set so far.

Can he find a similar vein of form when returning though? He hasn’t had a break point so far against a player who’s only making 43 per cent of his first serves.

That’s unheard of for a man generally considered to be the greatest breaker of serve in the history of the game.

09:00 PM

Rafael Nadal* 4-6 3-3 Frances Tiafoe (*denotes next server)         

Nadal gets a forehand all wrong after going 0-15 up – a wild miss really for a player of his quality from the back of the court.

Another miss follows – this time of the backhand side – gets Tiafoe to 30-15.

The American then produces a stunning backhand winner crosscourt and an even better forehand winner down the line. Clinical.

08:56 PM

Rafael Nadal 4-6 3-2 Frances Tiafoe* (*denotes next server)         

Now it’s Nadal’s turn to get to 40-0 but there’s no love hold after a beautiful block return from Tiafoe results in a winner.

Tiafoe misses on the next point though and Nadal holds.

08:53 PM

Rafael Nadal* 4-6 2-2 Frances Tiafoe (*denotes next server)       

Tiafoe gets to 40-0 again, Nadal can’t get a handle on the American’s service games.

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Forehand winner down the line. Hold.

Be it Nadal’s body or Tiafoe’s consistency (it’s probably a combination of the both), something isn’t working for great man.

08:49 PM

Rafael Nadal 4-6 2-1 Frances Tiafoe* (*denotes next server)       

A wide smile appears on Tiafoe’s face after he gets the better of an all-action rally – lobs drop shots….the lot.

However, Nadal maintains control of the game, getting to 40-15  before a big one-two punch secures the hold.

He’s looking a little looser now. The serve looks bigger and fist pump is back…..

08:44 PM

Rafael Nadal* 4-6 1-1 Frances Tiafoe (*denotes next server)     

Tiafoe’s been nerveless in this one so far and he holds with consummate ease.

The American certainly isn’t goin away here. Nadal is going to have grab this one by the scruff of the neck sooner or later.

08:40 PM

Rafael Nadal 4-6 1-0 Frances Tiafoe* (*denotes next server)     

Nadal starts quickly, racing to 40-0 before holding with ease.

He jogs to his chair after that, possibly sending a message to Tiafoe and all of us that’s feeling good.

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Time will tell.

08:36 PM

Odd delay

Nadal been off court for over eight minutes now. Is this a medical time out?

Tiafoe is complaining after the lengthy break. There’s nothing obvious to have changed with Nadal – strapping etc.

He’ll serve first.

08:33 PM

Credit where credit’s due

None of that should take any credit away from Tiafoe, who has bought a level of explosiveness to this match which Nadal has found really tough to handle.

There’s no doubt he’s in the box seat here, with a berth in the quarter-finals on the line.

08:32 PM

Strange from Nadal

Not sure if there’s not something amiss with Nadal here. He just doesn’t seem to be moving smoothly and his tactics seem strange – serve volleying, not tracking down seemingly easy balls…it just doesn’t seem right.

He’s left the court in between sets with his bag and what appeared to be a physio, which would suggest something is giving him problems.

We know his serve is limited by the ab injury but it’s not clear whether it’s that which is slowing him down here.

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08:28 PM

Rafael Nadal* 4-6 0-0 Frances Tiafoe (*denotes next server)   

Tiafoe races to 40-0 as he serves for the set but misses his first chance after a second serve finds the net.

Nadal finds a way to get back to 40-30 but it isn’t enough. Powerful hitting from the American sets up an easy volley.

That’s the first set to Tiafoe.

08:22 PM

Rafael Nadal 4-5 Frances Tiafoe* (*denotes next server)   

Ohhhhh that’s class from Tiafoe. Nadal gets to 30-15 but then goes wide to the Tiafoe backhand off his serve and is met with an untouchable backhand winner.

Nadal holds his nerve in response and holds.

The sweat going on out on Ashe as a result of the humidity is something else by the way. Both players a dripping – no hyperbole.

08:17 PM

Rafael Nadal* 3-5 Frances Tiafoe (*denotes next server) 

A ball boy wears a 134mph fault from Tiafoe to the body without so much as a grimace – fair play mate.

Back on court, Tiafoe is under pressure at 0-30.

But he responds, following a Nadal error with a pair superbly placed forehand winners to get himself to game point.

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Nadal fights back though, a well-placed lob gets Tiafoe stretching and the Spaniard easily puts away the follow up.

Ace, then a Nadal winner, then a Tiafoe winner – breathless stuff from both players.

Tiafoe holds. The American is really showing what he can do here.

08:07 PM

Rafael Nadal 3-4 Frances Tiafoe* (*denotes next server) 

Pressure on Nadal as Tiafoe gets to 0-30 with a second serve to face.

But he then goes agonisingly wide with a backhand drop shot before netting a straightforward backhand. We’re back 30-30.

But then it’s Nadal’s turn to make the error and Tiafoe has the chance to get the first break of the match.

Nadal goes long! Tiafoe breaks!

08:00 PM

Rafael Nadal* 3-3 Frances Tiafoe (*denotes next server)

Wow. That’s vintage Nadal. Big forehands push Tiafoe wide before the Spaniard finishes the point with a vicious winner.

Tiafoe gets to game point but a great return from Nadal brings us to deuce.  Oh wow….138mph serve. That’s tasty from Tiafoe, who then holds.

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07:54 PM

Rafael Nadal 3-2 Frances Tiafoe* (*denotes next server)

Too good from Nadal, who takes advantage of Tiafoe coming in behind a poor placed approach with a stinging backhand down the line.

The Spaniard races to 40-15 but goes long with a slice backhand, giving Tiafoe a sniff.

It comes to nothing though, Nadal holds.

07:50 PM

Rafael Nadal* 2-2 Frances Tiafoe (*denotes next server)

Nadal begins with a beautiful forehand winner which elicits an audible ‘oooooooo’ from the crowd on Arthur Ashe.

Tiafoe takes the next two points but then nets with the point at his mercy at 30-15.

A 135mph ace is a pretty good response though and that sets up the hold.

07:45 PM

Rafael Nadal 2-1 Frances Tiafoe* (*denotes next server)

A quick one-two punch from Nadal gets him to 30-0 but Tiafoe responds, pinning Nadal down on his backhand side before calmly putting away the volley.

No danger for the 22-time champion though, who holds with ease.

07:41 PM

Rafael Nadal* 1-1 Frances Tiafoe (*denotes next server)

Tiafoe makes a comfortable start, forcing Nadal into several mistakes.

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A love hold. A positive opening service game for the American.

07:38 PM

First Set: Rafael Nadal 1-0 Frances Tiafoe* (*denotes next server)

A mixed start from Nadal. An ace is followed by a poor forehand and a double fault.

He responds well though. Two straight points. Ship settled.

07:33 PM

Show time

Nadal to serve. Here. We. Go.

07:30 PM

Tough conditions for the players

It’s nearly at 100 per cent humidity at Flushing Meadows this afternoon. With that in mind, handling the conditions could be just as, if not more, important than actually getting the ball over the net.

Nadal is fully accustomed to playing in hot conditions but this kind of humidity is rare in Europe. Could that give Tiafoe an edge?

07:27 PM

Nadal wins the toss

He will serve first

07:26 PM

Here come the players

A big response for the players as they emerge in front of a packed Ashe Ashe.

07:06 PM

Welcome to Arthur Ashe

Rafael Nadal returns to action at the US Open this evening for his fourth round match against American 22nd seed Frances Tiafoe.

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The Spaniard, a four-time champion here, has looked ominously good in his opening three matches and will be heavily favoured to get past the admittedly dynamic Tiafoe here. Wins against Richard Gasquet, Fabio Fognini and Rinky Hijikata have come in pretty economic fashion for Nadal, who seems to be managing the limitations put on hos game by the abdominal injury that brought his Wimbledon campaign to an abrupt end at the semi-final stage.

A new ball toss and slower serve have allowed to get around the injury but could that give Tiafoe a way into this match?

On current form, it would take a brave man to bet against Nadal at Flushing Meadows as he goes in search for a third Grand Slam title of the season and a record-extending 23rd overall.

However in Tiafoe he faces an intriguing opponent, who will have home support on his side despite Nadal being a true fan favourite in New York.

The 24-year-old has enjoyed something of a breakout season in 2022, which has seen him break into the world’s top 25 for the first time. His form in this event so far has done little to quell expectations, with three straight set wins including a demolition of Argentine 14th seed Diego Schwartzman.

Andrey Rublev awaits the winner of this one in the quarter-finals.

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Carolina Hurricanes and Florida Panthers seemed determined to keep playing. And playing. And playing.

The teams opened their Eastern Conference final playoff series with Florida’s 3-2 victory in four overtimes early Friday, with the game ranking as the sixth-longest game in NHL history.

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The longest game in NHL history came on March 24, 1936, when the Detroit Red Wings beat the Montreal Maroons 1-0 in the sixth overtime on Mud Bruneteau’s goal at 116 minutes, 30 seconds of extra play.

Florida’s previous record for longest game was 104:31 in Game 4 of the 1996 Stanley Cup final against Colorado. Carolina’s previous record was 114:47 for Game 3 of the 2002 Stanley Cup final.

The only good news for the teams is they had an extended break before this series began. Carolina closed out New Jersey exactly a week earlier, while Florida eliminated Toronto a day later.

But this game ended roughly six hours after Thursday night’s puck drop, and the teams have a Game 2 in less than 48 hours.

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MADRID (AP) — The investigation ordered by Barcelona into its controversial payments for refereeing reports found no evidence of corruption by the club, president Joan Laporta said Monday.

Laporta reiterated that the club’s payments over several years to the company owned by the vice president of Spain’s refereeing committee were only for technical reports and not to influence referees. He said he believed there were no ethics breach and that Barcelona was the victim of a campaign to hurt its reputation.

“This is one of the most ferocious attacks in our history,” Laporta said. “I ask FC Barcelona supporters to be as united as ever in defense of our crest, our essence, and our ownership model. No campaign to discredit us will prevent us from continuing to be an organization of reference in the world of sports that is beloved and admired by millions of Catalans and by many more millions of people around the world.”

It was the first time Laporta spoke at a news conference to give explanations after it became public that the club paid 7.3 million euros ($8 million) from 2001-18 to the company of then committee vice president José María Enríquez Negreira. Prosecutors have accused Barcelona of alleged corruption in sports, fraudulent management, and falsification of mercantile documentation.

Barcelona opened the probe to look into the actions of all the different presidential administrations that made payments over the years, including Laporta’s first at the club. The investigation was conducted by an external company.

The club said the probe found that “no conducts of a criminal nature associated to sporting corruption have been identified, nor are there any grounds to investigate any form of criminal activity associated to bribery.” It added there was “official documentation on the invoices and payments” for the services of “scouting and advice regarding referees, which are common practices in the professional sports sector.”

“Consulting on technical-refereeing issues does not constitute any type of illegal act,” Laporta said. “Consulting, as is done by the big clubs, that was carried out transparently, with the corresponding invoices, at least in my first mandate as president.”

The probe found 629 technical refereeing reports and 43 CDs that the club received over 18 years for what Laporta called “market price.” More reports were likely lost over time, he said.

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“I reiterate with all my resolve, I am convinced that FC Barcelona has not committed any crime of sports-related corruption. I hope that sooner rather than later, it is fully exonerated,” he said. “Accusations must be proven. We live by the rule of law, which guarantees among its basic principles the presumption of innocence.”

He said that if there were any irregularities committed by Negreira, Barcelona would be a victim of them. He also said Negreira was not in a position to directly influence referees, and that it was Negreira’s son who actually produced the refereeing reports.

“I dare anyone to show an instance in which Barcelona was favored in a match because of these payments,” Laporta said. “We will allow the justice system to do its work and I’m sure that Barcelona will be cleared. I am fully convinced that FC Barcelona has never performed any act with the intention of altering the competition to gain an advantage.”

The Spanish league, Real Madrid and other clubs have been among those taking part in the legal proceedings against Barcelona. Laporta criticized league president Javier Tebas for making accusations against Barcelona, and also took a shot at rival Madrid.

“Everyone knows that Real Madrid is a club that is historically favored by refereeing mistakes,” he said.

Laporta said Barcelona has always been a club that takes pride in its values, and it would never want to win anything with outside help.

“Throughout its 123-year history, FC Barcelona has always been a model of fair play, both on and off the field,” he said. “If we have won for so many decades, it has undoubtedly been a result of effort, talent and knowledge.”

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A Silicon Valley city councilman has been charged with perjury after he allegedly lied about leaking a grand jury report to the San Francisco 49ers last year that detailed a purportedly unethical relationship between the team and the city council, prosecutors said Friday.

Santa Clara City Councilmember Anthony Becker is accused of providing the secret report titled “Unsportsmanlike Conduct: Santa Clara City Council” to the team’s former top spokesperson and a local media outlet in 2022, days ahead of its official release.

Becker then allegedly lied to the grand jury about the leak, prosecutors said, prompting the criminal charges.

The 49ers play in Levi’s Stadium in the city of Santa Clara, about 35 miles (56.33 kilometers) south of San Francisco. Santa Clara County is broadly considered home to Silicon Valley.

The city of Santa Clara owns the stadium and leases it to the team; fighting between the two groups has led to ethics complaints, legal disputes and years of bad blood.

Al Guido, the team’s president, and Larry MacNeil, the former CFO who worked extensively on the team’s stadium project, were named in the indictment as witnesses who spoke to the criminal grand jury for Becker’s indictment.

“The 49ers have cooperated fully with the District Attorney’s Office in their investigation, and will continue to do so,” team spokesperson Brian Brokaw said in a statement Friday. “However, because this is an ongoing legal matter, the organization is not able to make any further comment at this time.”

Prosecutors say the team has bankrolled Becker’s political career by spending $3.2 million through independent expenditure committees for his 2020 city council race, which he won, as well as his unsuccessful 2022 mayoral bid.

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The “Unsportsmanlike Conduct” report alleged that Becker and four other councilmembers regularly voted “in a manner that is favorable to the 49ers” and would routinely meet with the team’s lobbyists but not disclose what was discussed.

Becker faces a felony charge of perjury under oath, as well as a misdemeanor charge of willful failure to perform duty. He is scheduled to be arraigned Monday.

Becker did not immediately respond to requests for comment Friday, and it was not clear whether he had an attorney who could speak on his behalf.

“Councilmember Becker violated the public’s trust,” Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen said in a statement. “That an elected official would commit perjury and lie under oath before the grand jury strikes at the very heart of our justice system and requires accountability.”

Representatives for the Santa Clara City Council did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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