Police raids headquarters of Barcelona FC, arrests Grau, Bartomeu, others

Cadena SER radio reported that the Spanish police on Monday raided Barcelona football club and arrested the club’s CEO, Oscar Grau and Roman Gómez Ponti, the Barca’s head of legal.

Josep Maria Bartomeu, the Barcelona’s former president, and his close associate, Jaume Masferrer, were also arrested.

It was gathered that they were arrested on suspicion of “unfair administration, corruption between individuals and money laundering” after paying money in instalments to avoid internal financial controls.

This is coming amid the continued investigation into ‘BarcaGate’, in which Barcelona’s officials were accused of launching a smear campaign against the current (Lionel Messi, Gerard Pique) and former players (Pep Guardiola and others) who were critical of the Catalan club and Bartomeu.

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Recall that Bartomeu and his board of directors resigned last year in controversy.

Local authorities from Mossos d’Esquadra entered Barcelona’s stadium as the Blaugrana’s finance, legal and compliance departments are investigated.

The ‘BarcaGate; scandal, which has been investigated for almost 12 months, has long been denied by Bartomeu.

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