Josep Maria Bartomeu, former president of the Barcelona, was arrested this Monday after the police broke into the workplaces of the Culé workforce in an investigation associated to the ‘Barçagate’ case. Bartomeu will spend the evening on the police station simply six days earlier than the elections on the Barça membership. The covers of the assorted media retailers in Spain mirrored the difficulty of their diaries.
The president resigned on the finish of October (Bartomeu) and three different investigated, one among them the present CEO of Barça, Oscar Grau, “are detained on the police station ready to provide an announcement,” in keeping with a supply near the case. AFP. As well as, the identical sources maintained that the ex-president will spend the evening on the police station. Newspapers resembling AS, Marca, Mundo Deportivo and SPORT gave cowl to the topic in query.
“Bartomeu detained”, “Coup al Barça”, “Bartomeu detained by Barçagate”, “Barçagate, Bartomeu detained”, had been among the covers of the principle sports activities newspapers in Spain, which had been accompanied by the agonizing draw of Actual Madrid in opposition to Actual Sociedad. In accordance with what the police sources indicated, the arrest comes on account of “an investigation for alleged crimes associated to property and socio-economic order”, additionally they added that “the investigation, which has lasted for nearly a yr, remains to be lively.”
For his or her half, they added that: “From the Generalitat-Mossos Police we need to spotlight the perspective and collaboration of the Barça entity each within the data which have been made at the moment and in the course of the course of the investigation. The investigation, which has lasted for nearly a yr, remains to be lively ”. The opposite detainees had been the lawyer Román Gómez Ponti (chargeable for authorized companies) (shall be launched) and Oscar Grau (CEO of the membership) who can also be free.
The operation is linked to the scandal often called ‘Barçagate’, which broke out a yr in the past when it was revealed that an organization employed by the membership was selling a smear marketing campaign on social media in opposition to membership figures resembling Lionel Messi or Gerard Piqué. Because of these disclosures, a gaggle of followers denounced the Bartomeu board of administrators for corruption and unfair administration, accusations which are being investigated by a Barcelona decide who ordered the operation on Monday.
All this happens six days earlier than the membership’s presidential elections scheduled for Sunday, during which the members (membership owners-fans) should select between Joan Laporta, former president between 2003 and 2010, Victor Font and Toni Freixa. As well as, the workforce goes by way of a weak sporting second, inside attain in LaLiga however with few possibilities within the Champions League and with the likelihood that its star Lionel Messi leaves the workforce.