The Mossos d'Esquadra search the offices of Barça

They are looking for documentation related to the 'Barçagate' case, according to the SER. Unfair administration crimes are investigated. Detentions are not ruled out.

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According to SER Catalunya, the Mossos d'Esquadra have entered the Barça offices this Monday morning to register them in the framework of the investigation of 'Barçagate', whose summary secret had been extended for the sixth time until the next 10 March as there have been no changes compared to the last extension. There are two crimes under investigation: unfair administration and corruption between individuals. While arrests are not ruled out, the aforementioned media adds. Likewise, they have entered the offices of those responsible for three areas, as confirmed to the SER club sources: finance, legal and compliance. Some of these officials had not yet arrived at the offices and have been warned to come forward. The rest of the employees have been evicted.

It should be remembered that it is known as 'Barçagate' to the hiring of Barça chaired by Bartomeu of a company, I3 Ventures, which created Facebook accounts to erode the image of former managers, former players and current players of the Barça first team. Also from public persons such as businessman Jaume Roures.

The investigating judge number 13 of the Barcelona Court, Alejandra Gil, had considered on February 16 that the preliminary proceedings should continue to be carried out in secret in order to avoid damaging the possible lines of investigation that may derive from them for the verification of the allegedly criminal acts. The judge also reported that the police reports and some testimony had yet to be received in order to contrast the information she already had. The records at the Camp Nou could go in that direction.

Context of the investigation

In September 2020, the Mossos d'Esquadra had concluded that there was "evidence of corruption" in the case. Barça divided the payment to I3 Ventures into chopped invoices of less than 200,000 euros to bypass transparency controls at the club. Barça even hired an audit that ruled out that the club had ordered the creation of social media accounts; and the club's compliance officer, Noelia Romero, was suspended from employment and salary, who was later fired. In addition, six board members left Barça: Emili Roussaud, Enrique Tombas, Silvio Elías, Josep Pont, Maria Teixidor and Jordi Calsamiglia.

The Mossos had already gone to the Camp Nou in July 2020 to gather information related to the case. They requested documentation on the contracts with I3 Ventures, the price paid and the controls and filters with which the club works. Already then, they indicated that other complaints had been received from individuals related to Barçagate. In addition, a group of eight partners presented a complaint that was accepted for processing by a Barcelona judge last June.



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