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Josep Maria Bartomeu Has Been Arrested After Police Raid Barcelona Offices

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Josep Maria Bartomeu Has Been Arrested After Police Raid Barcelona Offices

Former Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has been arrested following a police raid at the club's offices.

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.

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Current stars Lionel Messi and Gerard Pique as well as Pep Guardiola and Xavi were among those allegedly targeted by I3 Ventures in a three-year smear campaign.

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.

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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.

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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.

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Eight club members launched an official police complaint, prompting today's police raid - an investigation that has been ongoing for several months.

Topics: Football News, Football, Barcelona, Josep Maria Bartomeu, Lionel Messi

Nasir Jabbar
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