The drama in Barcelona continued on Monday with the arrest of former club president Josep Maria Bartomeu. following police raiding five locations across the city to seize evidence and documents, including at Camp Nou, Bartomeu was one of four men detained, facing allegations of embezzlement and corruption. Bartomeu adviser Jaume Masferrer, Barca CEO Oscar Grau and club legal services manager Roman Gomez Ponti were also arrested in an investigation opened last year into the social media scandal ” Barcagate ”.
This is the latest twist in a saga that began in early 2020 when it was revealed that Barca paid a company, I3 Ventures, to smear current and former players, including Gerard Pique and Lionel Messi, as well. as the club’s presidential candidates such as Joan Laporta and Victor Font. However, it was the murky financial details – which are not entirely clear yet – involving the payments to I3 Ventures, rather than negative propaganda, that led to the raids in the Catalan town this week.
With a Copa del Rey semi-final second leg against Sevilla on Wednesday and a new president set to be elected on Sunday, Barca hope the arrests prove the latest chapter in what has been a truly chaotic 14-month spell on and off the ground.
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