Barcelona has refused to surrender to claims of them hiring a social media company to bring the likes of Messi, Pep Guardiola and Xavi, among others, down.
According to reports, the Catalan club hired the PR company I3 Ventures to deal with different social media accounts of people like Messi, Xavi, Carles Puyol and so on.
However, they denied any such hiring of a company and the Barcelona President Josep Maria Bartomeu put out a statement stating the denial.
This is the statement released by the club. All statements belong to the official FC Barcelona club:
‘1. strongly denies any relationship and, even more so, the contracting of services linked to social network accounts that have spread negative or disparaging messages in relation to any person, entity or organisation that has or has had a relationship with the Club.
2. I3 Ventures, contracted by the Club, has no link to these accounts and, if any type of relationship is shown to exist, the Club would immediately terminate its contractual relationship and take appropriate legal action in defense of its legitimate interests.
3. FC Barcelona confirms that it has contracted social network monitoring services in order to be aware of both positive and negative messages.
4. The hiring of these services is to ensure the protection and preservation of the club’s reputation, as well as those linked to the Club.
5. The Club requires the immediate rectification of the information disseminated and reserves the right to take appropriate legal action against those who continue to involve the Club in this type of practice.’