Josep Maria Bartomeu, the former president of Barcelona, has reportedly been arrested by the Mossos d’Esquadra this Monday morning.
It is in relation to the Barcagate scandal from last February, with police having visited and searched the club offices this Monday as well.
This is according to both Cadena SER and RAC1, with it also reported that Oscar Grau and Roman Gomez Ponti have also been arrested at the Camp Nou.
This is according to both Cadena SER and RAC1, with it also reported that CEO Oscar Grau and lawyer Roman Gomez Ponti have also been arrested at the Camp Nou, while former director Jaume Masferrer has, like Bartomeu, been arrested at his home.
They’ll all be taken to a local police station.
What is Barcagate?
Barcagate is the scandal in which it is alleged that Barcelona paid for disparaging social media posts to be made about certain figures in the Blaugrana world who stood against Bartomeu‘s regime. This included some current players.
An external audit ruled out Bartomeu‘s board as being behind it, yet judicial proceedings were opened when a judge from the 13th Barcelona investigating court, Adriana Gil, accepted a complaint from the Dignitat Blaugrana platform. That complaint alleged mismanagement and/or individual corruption.
In summer of 2020, the judge ordered police to visit the club offices to collect information about the case.
This is a developing story and we’ll have more here as it comes.