More than a year ago, multiple reports coming out of Spain revealed about former Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu’s involvement in ‘Barçagate’.
It was then stated Bartomeu hired an agency, called I3Ventures, to create a positive image of himself, the club and the club’s then board on various social networking platforms, while damaging the online image of the club’s players, legends and a few other former players.
The intention to damage one’s online image also extended to presidential candidates Joan Laporta and Víctor Font, along with Barca stars Lionel Messi and Gerard Piqué.
Barca presidential candidate Víctor Font had asked for Bartomeu’s resignation in February 2020.
Although the latter didn’t step down after ‘Barçagate’ gathered a lot of media attention, Bartomeu ended up leaving as the club’s president last October.
🔴 Los Mossos han registrado las oficinas de los departamentos de finanzas, legal y compliance del FC Barcelona
— Carrusel Deportivo (@carrusel) March 1, 2021
Cadena Ser now explain the police have been investigating ‘Barçagate’ for several months and on Monday, the Mossos d’Esquadra [police force of Catalonia] raided the club’s offices to conduct ‘series of searches’.
As per the report, ‘alleged crimes of unfair administration and corruption between individuals are investigated’. Cadena Ser further adds ‘arrests aren’t ruled out’.
More developments are awaited…