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Bartomeu Arrested!!!

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 Josep Maria Bartomeu Arrested!!!


The offices of Camp Nou were raided on Monday morning by a special division of the Catalan Police, The Mossos, who have arrested Barcelona’s ex-president Josep Maria Bartomeu and three more executives in relation to the ‘Barcagate’ scandal.

Josep Maria Bartomeu, who resigned from his post last year in October after multiple players  and fans protested, which set in motion the process of election for a new president, which is set to take place this month.

Ex-president Josep Maria Bartomeu,CEO Oscar Grau, head of legal Roman Gomez Ponti and Jaume Masferrer – the former right-hand man of Bartomeu, have reportedly been detained in relation to the ‘Barcagate’ scandal. The new documents that have emerged after the raid of the  Camp Nou shows the inner workings and financial transactions between the club and I3 Ventures.

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Cadena Ser radio station early last year reported that documents had been leaked that showcased that then president Josep Maria Bartomeu was paying a third-party to run smear campaigns against Lionel Messi and Gerrard Pique. Josep Maria Bartomeu, hoped that these smear campaigns would coerce La Pulga to sign a new contract with the Blaugrana. 

 After the initial claims by Cadena Ser radio, in September last year El Mundo reported that Mossos had sent a document to Catalonia’s judges, that showcased Bartomeu’s involvement in corruption, to gain personal benefits, which may have led to the club’s serious economic crisis.

‘Barcagate’ involved the transaction between then president Josep Maria Bartomeu and I3 ventures, who were paid by the club to run a 3 year smear campaign against some of Barcelona’s current,ex-players and some high profile Catalan faithfuls. The smear campaign targeted the likes of Lionel Messi, Gerrard Pique, Xavi and Pep Guardiola. I3 Ventures, was allegedly used to promote their own messages both on Twitter and Facebook to discredit others, especially people who were perceived as Bartomeu’s opponents within the club. 



These allegations were denied by the media firm and Bartomeu himself constantly, which makes this new development crucial to the ‘Barcagate’ case.

It has become evident that Bartomeu had hired I3 ventures to run the smear campaigns ,and what is actually baffling is the fact that I3 Ventures were paid 6 times more than the market value to run such a campaign. The excessive values paid to the firm by Bartomeu has truly become a thing of shame for the club and the actual estimate of this corruption scandal is still being slowly unearthed.



After Bartomeu’s arrest twitter erupted and a volcano of memes followed and Catalan faithfuls rejoiced with unbridled joy:

Vidur Arora
A Swansea City fan, who fell in love with the game watching Joe Allen play. Usually found in the wild with headphones in his ears and bobbing his head. Love his art too.

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