Josep Maria Bartomeu, in the box of the Palau Blaugrana, in a futsal match, in November 2020.Enric Fontcuberta / EFE
Barça plays a game without end, without extra time or penalties and without the possibility of coming back, also without its fans, Closed as are the stands of the always vindictive Camp Nou. And yet, the match is televised openly from the stadium offices, from the courts and also from the Mossos d'Esquadra police station. It usually happens when the ball escapes the control of the club, and more so when it is more than a club and its symbolic load is so transcendent that you can play football without the ball, without goals, without a field and with no other distinction than the shield. today supported by the partners of Barcelona.
Lawsuits are taking place in an entity of a Cainite nature and are especially serious since Rosell's board of directors took a social responsibility action against the former Laporta board in 2010. The then president appealed to the law , after voting blank in a divided assembly and finally in favor of the measure proposed by the council, and since that date the judicialization has been permanent, without knowing when the litigation is due to clumsiness or malice, or when it is about a typical reckoning of Barcelona. It already happened with the signing of Neymar , which caused Rosell's resignation, and later with the date of the vote of no confidence and of the elections that triggered the departure of Bartomeu.
Rosell pointed to Madrid, in bulk, without specifying the origin of the conspiracy, if he blamed the white club, the Spanish government or the judiciary; and Bartomeu accused the Government of the Generalitat. The confusion has allowed opposing interpretations, some justified and, sometimes, victimizers, without being able to define responsibilities or even concepts, and on the contrary, they pose difficult questions to answer at the Camp Nou. Many are surprised that the police acted the same week that the vote to elect the president is called – next Sunday – and days before the end of the last extension of a summary secret extended six times – the deadline ends on the day 10 — .
A club in the courts
The investigation starts from the complaint of the Dignitat Blaugrana collective in the same way that it was a partner, Jordi Casas, who initiated the Neymar case . There is no fan more interested in supervising his club than the Barcelona player when he doubts the regulatory bodies established by his board and the leaders like to go to law firms to settle any issue, no matter how innocuous it may seem, as has happened lately at Barça . It is not by chance that none of the presidents who have been counted since Núñez (1978-2000) have been able to finish their mandate – Gaspart, Rosell and Bartomeu – with the exception of Laporta (2003-2010), submitted, in any case, to a motion censorship (2008) .
Although the presumption of innocence prevails and it is necessary to wait for the next proceedings, it is not surprising either that Bartomeu is suspected, whether or not his actions are punishable since 2015. The Barçagate unveiled by Cadena SER has been a botch so much his that there is consensus for it to be renamed Bartogate . The contracted company, the espionage, the chopped invoices and the commissions raised the doubts of his colleagues, there were up to six resignations and Vice President Emili Rousaud, proposed in his day as a continuation candidate, denounced the possibility that someone could have put his hand in the Camp Nou box. The biased interpretation that was made of the audit commissioned by the club increased suspicions about Bartomeu even more.
The matter was closed in false from the club, its rectors used to send as they pleased, as they pleased, without distinguishing between the serious and the banal, the punishable of the venial, not even attending to the police requirements, capable of controlling the electoral timing to the point of trying to avoid the vote of no confidence and call the elections for March 20 and 21, 2021, two weeks after the vote is finally held in one more nod to the drama that Barça is experiencing. Oblivious to reality, Bartomeu resigned last October with the conviction that time would support his decisions and, especially, that of retaining Messi. The former president did not attend to the complaining partners because he felt unpunished in his chair at the Camp Nou.
The nightmare, however, continues with five days to go to find out if his successor will be Laporta, Font or Freixa. A huge and painful task awaits the winner due to the burden that 7-M will inherit. A serious sports crisis, caused by satisfying the players with the highest chips in a Champions League that have not won since 2015, is joined by a debt of more than one billion, the need to remodel the Camp Nou and, above all, the urgency to restore the damage caused by the arrest of a former president, a story that has gone around the world in line with the greatness of Barça.
Bartomeu and Rosell already accepted that the club would be convicted of tax fraud for the derivatives of the hiring of Neymar. It is not known what happened in the same way that, on the other hand, the reasons why Rosell spent 644 days in prison before being acquitted are unknown – the former president sued Judge Lamela. The record also contributes to speculating on the future of Bartomeu.