The Red Sharks of Veracruz They had scandalous moments during their last moments in Mexican soccer. Corruption related to the government of Javier Duarte, mismanagement in the club and its controversial president, Fidel Kuri Grajales, caused the shark group to disappear from the first professional division. However, this novel seems still far from over while those involved continue to talk.
This Monday, September 20 Fidel Kuri was arrested in Mexico City Thanks to the Attorney General’s Office of the State of Mexico and agents from the Mexican capital. His arrest was announced by the CDMX Prosecutor’s Office. After his capture he was taken to the Penitentiary and Social Reintegration Center of Almoloya de Juárez.
With the arrest of the businessman, some of his darkest moments were remembered as the face of one of the Liga Mx teams: the relationship between the Sharks of Veracruz and the government of politician Javier Duarte.
According to information shared by Aristegui News In 2019, the Veracruz Club had the support of various subsidies from Duarte, when he served as governor of the state. However, when questioned about this situation, Kuri, who at that time was the majority owner of the Sharks, denied any relationship between the team and the local government.
The media shared that thanks to data taken from the Ministry of Finance and Planning of the state administration, it was learned of Payments by Duarte to the Orizaba Valley Sports Promoter (Kuri’s association) for amounts that were around 66 million pesos divided into 57 payments between 2015 and 2016.
Kuri repeatedly stated to the public that he never received money from any government or politician. In an interview for La Octava Sports And even as the owner of Veracruz, the businessman flatly denied these accusations:
“They have said that they have given me money… None (gave me)! Neither Javier Duarte, nor Mr. Yunes, nor Fidel Herrera ”.
This situation was one of the many problems that Kuri was part of his time in Mexican soccer. He was also charged with withholding payments to your players, mistreatment of their workers, double contracts in the club and of attacks against journalists who repeatedly criticized his management. In addition, it was speculated that he used red sharks as part of electoral campaigns, an action that is prohibited within the FMF.
The arrest of this day would be because of a legal process against him by a alleged fraud related to Aztec tv, one of the most recognized television stations in Mexico. So far there has been talk of a debt for around 120 million pesos, amount that was part of a deal between both parties to try to avoid the disaffiliation of the Esqualos of the Mexican league.
In the year 2019 Club Veracruz was officially dropped from Liga MX for the various debts that the club had. With this, Fidel Kuri was removed from his position as owner of the team and his registration with the FMF was revoked.
Despite this, the businessman continued to insist on finding a way to remain close to Mexican soccer and sued Yon de Luisa and Enrique Bonilla, former president of the MX League, for considering the decision to disappear the sharks unfounded.