Messi (right) told during an interview that Bartomew (left) had harassed him as a club president. He was also cheated. (File photo)
Nothing seems right for Spain’s legendary football club Barcelona. On Monday, the Spanish police raided several club offices. According to reports from English portal The Guardian, former footballer Leonel Messi’s club Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomew and the current CEO have been arrested.
Baartomew is accused of involvement in the Barsaget scandal. Through this scandal, attempts were made to tarnish the image of many current and former veteran players including Messi, Gérard Picé.
CEO accused of corruption and poor management
According to media reports, the club’s CEO Oscar Grou and head of Barcelona’s Legal Services Roman Gomez Ponty have also been arrested. The Spanish police confirmed this. He was facing serious charges like bad management, corruption and money laundering.
What is Barsaget Scandal?
Bartomew is alleged to have hired I3 Ventures and social media companies to protect his honor. A number of campaigns were then launched and attempts were made to damage the image of many more legendary players of the club, including Messi, Picay and former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola. At the same time, people who spoke against Bartomue were also harmed.
Bartomew resigned in October last year
Bartomew and his board of directors had to resign from the post of club president in October last year after he was criticized and fired by the club. This legendary club also suffered a lot due to Corona.
Bartomew cheated Messi
Messi had told during an interview that Bartomew harassed him as a club president. They also cheated him. Messi said that I do not talk much about my personal life. Therefore, I will not be able to tell what he said or promised me. But cheating happened to me.
Messi reprimanded sports director Abidal
Recently, the then sports director of Barcelona, Eric Abidal, commented on the team’s poor performance. After this, Barcelona captain Messi had reprimanded Abidal by breaking the silence on it.
He had said that I think everybody should take care of their role and responsibility. As a team we know that we are not playing well. People like Abidal who are in the sports department should also know about their role.
A week later, the new president of the Barcelona club will be announced
A week later there will also be a presidential election for the Barcelona club. For this, more than 20 thousand members have also cast votes through postal ballot. There are 3 candidates in the fray for the presidential election. They include Victor Front, Joan LaPorta and Tony Freya. Their future will be decided through the final ballot.
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