Bartomeu Has Been Accused Of Corruption Amid Barca’s Current Crisis

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu is reportedly being accused of corruption in Spain as the ongoing crisis at the club has now worsened.

While the transfer situation involving Barca talisman Lionel Messi is the main issue at hand for the board, the club are also currently being investigated over their relationship with social media firm I3 Ventures.

Allegations from Spanish publication El Mundo now claim the Catalan police have filed a report to the judge in that case accusing Bartomeu of ‘possible economic crimes' in pursuit of personal gain.

According to the report, Barcelona paid up to six times more for the services of I3 Ventures than what would be deemed a standard fee.

Already the partnership is under scrutiny for the nature of the business carried out by 13 Ventures.

The third party company were hired to keep track of Barcelona's social media accounts and reports suggest they were paid €1.1million for their work – a significant mark up on the going market rate.

Among those who were in the firing line included Messi and defender Gerard Pique, plus other Barcelona presidential candidates who are due to stand for election to replace Bartomeu next year.

Barca denied the accusations and scrapped the contract with 13 Ventures shortly after, before involving an audit company in a bid to clear their name of any wrongdoing.

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The auditors, PWC, found the club had not paid more than the going rate, nor had they approved any of the negative social media posts aimed at the likes of Messi and co.

This article was most recently revised and updated 2 years ago

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