The Catalonia Police force have been to Barcelona’s office to carry out searches
This is believed to be associated with the Barcagate scandal of last February, where companies was allegedly contracted by the club to hold out social media campaigns against certain people and entities that were said to be opposed to former president Josep Maria Bartomeu’s administration.
I3 Ventures SL, NSG science Ventures SL, Tantra Soft SA, Digital Side SA, Big Data Solutions SA and Futuric SA are the businesses named during this case and, according to Cadena SER, this saga is the reason police have gone to search the club offices.
According to people close to the club, the police officers are carrying out an inspection. Yet exact details of what they’re trying to find haven’t yet emerged.
Bartomeu was significantly damaged by Barcagate, but denied involvement within the alleged smear campaign. An external audit ruled out Bartomeu’s board as being behind it. Some board members did resign in response.
In June, a judge from the 13th Barcelona investigating court, Adriana Gil, accepted a complaint from the Dignitat Blaugrana platform about alleged mismanagement and/or individual corruption among some directors.
In the summer of 2020, at the request of the judge, some cops visited the club offices to gather information about the case. Now, this Monday, they have returned.
Arrests were made as Oscar Grau and Roman Gomez Ponti have been arrested. Former President Bartomeu is also going to be arrested