Barcelona President Josep Bartomeu Has Been Accused Of Corruption By Police
Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu has been accused of corruption by Catalan police force Los Mossos.
Bartomeu has been at the heart of Lionel Messi's transfer saga and pressure continues to mount.
Spanish outlet El Mundo have reported the club currently face accusations of corruption after hiring social media agency I3 Ventures.
The Catalan giants allegedly paid the company "600% above the usual fee" for their services and Bartomeu is said to be profiting from the partnership.
It stems back to a case earlier this year which saw the club accused of attacking star players and legends on social media in a scandal dubbed 'Barcagate'.
Among the stars targeted were Gerard Pique, Carles Puyol, former manager Pep Guardiola, Messi and even his wife Antonela.
An official statement strongly denied the accusations and read: "FC Barcelona roundly deny any relationship, and furthermore, the contracting of services linked to social media accounts that have broadcast negative or disparaging messages related to any person, entity or organisation that may be, or have been, related to the club.
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"I3 Ventures, a service provider to the club, has no relationship with the accounts mentioned and, if any relationship was to come to light, the club would immediately end their contractual agreement and bring about any necessary legal action to defend their interests.
"As such, FC Barcelona confirm that it has services services contracted relating to the monitoring of social media with the aim of analysing both positive and negative messages about the organisation itself."
Meanwhile, Messi's future has been resolved in the last few hours and he will be continuing at Barcelona for this season.
The six-time Ballon d'Or winner sensationally handed in a transfer request last month after becoming disillusioned with the club's direction.
:rotating_light: WORLD EXCLUSIVE :rotating_light:
Lionel Messi will NOT be leaving Barcelona, we can confirm.
We sat down with the man himself to clear up a few things :goat:
Here's what he had to say: pic.twitter.com/NfnhGpZpXc
- Goal (@goal) September 4, 2020
Messi had claimed a clause in his contract enabled him to leave for free, while Barcelona stressed a €700 million release clause had to be paid.
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