Former FC Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has been arrested by the police.
He is not the only one and has been arrested along with 2 of his former employees.
The club released a statement confirming the operation was tied to last year’s “Barcagate” scandal — when Barto and co. was accused of covering up payments made to a firm called I3 Ventures.
These high ranking Barca officials were accused of hiring the company to carry out a smear campaign against current and ex-players who were critical of the club and their policy, to enhance the image of then-President Bartomeu and other senior club officials on social media – move that is deemed to be the lowest of the low.
FC Barcelona said it offered “full collaboration to the legal and police authorities to help make clear facts which are subject to investigation.”
“The information and documentation requested by the judicial police force relate strictly to the facts relative to this case. FC Barcelona (expresses) its utmost respect for the judicial process in place and for the principle of presumed innocence for the people affected within the remit of this investigation,” Barcelona said.