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Former Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has been arrested following a police raid at the club's offices.
Bartomeu ha sido detenido.
Poned la radio.
:point_right: Vía @La_SER y @SERCatalunya
- Sique RodríguezGairí (@SiqueRodriguez) March 1, 2021
Catalan police searched Barcelona's offices amid a corruption investigation named 'Barcagate'.
It was reported that the La Liga giants had paid a social media company to post online hate of players and coaches to 'protect the reputation' of Bartomeu.
Some of the damning posts shared on Facebook and Twitter included attacks on Messi's reluctance to sign a new contract at the Nou Camp.
Bartomeu denied the accusations last February with the 58-year-old arrested this morning, according to widespread Spanish reports.
Footage of 'The Mossos' entering the facilities at the Camp Nou emerged online following the news of the arrests.
:bangbang: Los Mossos salen de las oficinas del Camp Nou @QueThiJugues @carrusel pic.twitter.com/IBixp5UroV
- Adrià Albets (@AdriaAlbets) March 1, 2021
:projector:️ Els @mossos sortint de les oficines del @FCBarcelona en el marc de la investigació del #BarçaGate.
:arrow_forward: Seguim informant al #QuèThiJugues! pic.twitter.com/OKerTf968n
- Què T'hi Jugues (@QueThiJugues) March 1, 2021
Jaume Masferrer, Bartomeu's former right-hand man, has also been arrested.
Legal services director Oscar Grau and Roman Gomez Ponti were arrested, too.
Grau was the CEO during Bartomeu's presidency reign.
Eight club members launched an official police complaint, prompting today's police raid - an investigation that has been ongoing for several months.
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