Spanish football giants, FC Barcelona have stated their readiness to collaborate with the police to investigate allegations of corruptions charges preferred against their former Club President, Josep Maria Bartomeu.
Last year, it was claimed that the club had paid a social media company to plant online criticism of key club figures in a scandal dubbed ‘Barcagate’.
The aim of that campaign was to rub the names of some players and officials in the mud, making them unpopular. The job was scheduled in the hands of I3 Ventures, who in a three-year smear campaign would make the likes of Lionel Messi, Pep Guardiola, Xavi and Gerard Pique unpopular.
However, in a twist of events, former Barcelona Club President Josep Bartomeu had been arrested as part of the scheme and the club has insisted it is ready to collaborate with the police to launch a deep investigation into the scandal.
In a statement, Barcelona insisted they will collaborate with officials in their investigation, hence this morning, they offered their full support for the investigations.
“Before the entry and search by the Catalan Police force this morning at the Camp Nou offices under the instruction of the Instructing Court number 13 in Barcelona, which is in charge of the case relating to the contacting of monitoring services on social networks, FC Barcelona have offered up their full collaboration to the legal and police authorities to help make clear facts which are subject to the investigation” the club stated.
“The information and documentation requested by the judicial police force relate strictly to the facts relative to this case. FC Barcelona express its great respect for the judicial process in place and for the principle of presumed innocence for the people affected within the remit of this investigation.”