Authorities went into Barcelona’s arena on Monday in a search and take operation, with reports that previous president Josep Maria Bartomeu is amongst those who have actually been detained.
The club stated regional authorities from Mossos d’Esquadra were at the group’s head office on Monday early morning however did not offer anymore information.
Spanish media stated the operation was connected to in 2015’s “Barça-gate,” in which club authorities were implicated of releasing a defamation of character versus present and previous gamers who were crucial of the club and then-president Bartomeu by supposedly working with a social networks business to openly challenge them. He, present president Òscar Grau, and Barcelona’s head of legal services, Román Gómez Pontí were detained on suspicion of “unjust administration, corruption in between people and cash laundering,” according to Cadena SER radio station.
Catalan authorities later on validated they had actually made numerous arrests, without validating the variety of arrests made or their identities.
Bartomeu and his board of directors resigned in 2015 amidst fallout from the debate surrounding Lionel Messi. The club has actually been stuck in political chaos and financial obligation triggered by the coronavirus pandemic.
The operation comes less than a week prior to governmental elections are to be held, with more than 20,000 Barcelona members having currently cast their vote through postal tally. 3 prospects– Victor Font style, Joan Laporta and Toni Freia– are on the last tally for the important vote.