Catalan police say they’ve made 4 arrests after looking the places of work of Spanish facet Barcelona.
The identification of these concerned haven’t but been confirmed by police, who stated their investigation is continuous.
The police operation was carried out on Monday after an investigation into monetary points at Barcelona.
The membership’s presidential elections happen on Sunday after their earlier president, Josep Maria Bartomeu, announced his resignation in October.
In accordance with Spanish media experiences, Bartomeu is amongst these arrested – though police haven’t confirmed this.
In an announcement, Barcelona said the police searches associated to the “contacting of monitoring providers on social networks”.
“FC Barcelona have supplied up their full collaboration to the authorized and police authorities to assist clarify details that are topic to investigation,” the membership stated.
“The data and documentation requested by the judicial police drive relate strictly to the details relative to this case.
“FC Barcelona expresses its utmost respect for the judicial course of in place and for the precept of presumed innocence for the individuals affected inside the remit of this investigation.”
In accordance with experiences in Spain, the investigation pertains to the ‘Barcagate’ scandal of February 2020, when the membership have been pressured to disclaim hiring a agency to assault their very own gamers on social media.
Andy West, Barcelona-based soccer author
The concept one of many world’s most prestigious soccer golf equipment would rent a social media firm to run an undercover smear marketing campaign towards its personal gamers and their households appears far-fetched past perception.
However contemplating the battering that Barca’s repute took underneath former president Josep Maria Bartomeu, it is maybe virtually a logical improvement.
This story has been rumbling round for greater than a 12 months, and was one of many sources of a deep rift between the outdated board and the taking part in squad that led captain Lionel Messi to launch an aborted try to give up the Nou Camp final summer season, and in the end led to Bartomeu’s overdue resignation.
Maybe the saddest factor is that no one round Barcelona could be notably stunned if the accusations proved to be correct.
The timing of Monday’s police motion is ironic, coming just some days earlier than the disgraced Bartomeu’s successor is anointed within the presidential elections.
Whoever wins that vote of the membership’s members, Monday’s information makes it painfully clear that, along with rebuilding a world-class staff on the sector of play, the duty of restoring Barca’s ruined repute for being ‘greater than a membership’ is equally huge.