Former Barca president Bartomeu, others arrested on corruption charges

According to reports, former Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu is among those that were arrested on Monday morning during a raid on the club’s offices by the Catalan police.

This is related to a case known as ‘Barcagate’ in which the club supposedly hired a third company to defame their rivals within and outside the club in the media.

Catalan police force Mossos carried out the raid on the club’s facilities on Monday morning and it has been confirmed that the arrests made were related to the case but have not disclosed those who have been detained.

It must be noted that Bartomeu has not been involved with the Catalan giants since his resignation from the board alongside his colleagues in October last year.

The action prompted the need for a new set of presidential elections. Regardless, he is said to have been arrested at his home this morning.

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The likes of the CEO Oscar Grau, head of legal Roman Gomez Ponti, and Jaume Masferrer who was the former right-hand man of Bartomeu are also reported to have been amongst those that were arrested.

The ‘Barcagate’ story came to light in relation to reported documents that disclosed the club’s internal workings and financial transactions and this caused a major stir in Spain’s media space.

Regardless, Barcelona denied any truth in the reports that ensued from the disclosure of these documents and some of the dealings they exposed.

The club stated that they did not pay or promote anyone to attack others who have been rivals to the current board.