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Former Barcelona President Bartomeu Released Temporarily After Arrest

Former Barcelona President Joseph Maria Bartomeu arrested due to the BarçaGate Scandal/Photo: Twitter

The arrest of former FC Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu, along with three other board officials have caused a whirl of chaos.

The thorough research at the Camp Nou offices on Monday morning, carried out by the Mossos d’Esquadra (Catalonia police force) lead into the arrest of Bartomeu, alongside – the Chief Executive Officer of the club, Oscar Grau, former adviser to the presidency Jaume Masferrer, and head of legal counsel Roman Gomez Ponti.

All four were detained for having their prints in the BarçaGate scandal, an ongoing investigation that allegedly labeled Bartomeu and Co. for having paid a PR company, 13 Ventures to monitor their social media.

Rumors also say that Bartomeu paid the social media firm to improve the image of the former presidential board, and not defame or discredit the picture of the players and certain ex-directors.

The club, likewise released a statement addressing the current affair. With the elections turning up this week, presidential candidate, Joan Laporta too mentioned his thoughts over the same saying,

“It is not good news, nor pleasant for Barça. We want to show our utmost respect for the judicial system and for the presumption of innocence. We regret to see such events that damage the image and reputation to the club enormously.”Joan Laporta speaking ahead the arrest of Bartomeu

After having spent a night in judicial custody, Bartomeu and Masferrer were temporarily released yesterday. They howsoever refrain themselves for not to testify at court.

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