The Mossos de Esquadra enter the offices of FC Barcelona.ALBERT GEA / Reuters
Josep Maria Bartomeu , former president of Barcelona, has been arrested this Monday as a result of the investigations into the case known as Barçagate, the alleged defamation of some players on social networks and opponents of the former president. They have also arrested Óscar Grau, the CEO of the Barça club, in addition to Román Gómez Pontí, head of legal services, and Jaume Masferrer, presidential advisor.
In addition, the Mossos have entered the offices of the FC on Monday morning Barcelona to carry out a registration, as reported by Cadena Ser and this newspaper was able to confirm. The Police, who have been investigating the club since the one known as Barçagate came to light, is looking for evidence for the investigation of the case. The examining magistrate number 13 of Barcelona, Alejandra Gil, has ordered five searches to be carried out simultaneously for a case whose summary secrecy has already been extended up to six times. This situation occurs in a week that will culminate with the celebration of the elections to the presidency of the club.
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It was in February 2020, ago now just over a year, when Cadena Ser uncovered the news. The Barça club had hired an external company, I3 Ventures, to supposedly improve the public image of the then president, Josep María Bartomeu. I3 Ventures was also associated with a number of accounts libelous in social networks that broadcast messages against players from the club, and against opponents of the management team and the environment of the Barça.
The Barçagate itself- the incriminating bills were crushed to avoid to the control committee of the club itself—, as well as the bad relations with the star of the team Leo Messi —and the pulse he starred in in the summer to leave Barça— and the worrying financial situation of the entity provoked the reaction of the Barça environment and submitting a censure motion against President Bartomeu, which boosted Més a moció platform, which never took place for the early resignation of the president, who was cornered by the opinion pública.