FC Barcelona’s ex-president, Josep Maria Bartomeu has been arrested by Spanish police for his involvement in the ‘Barcagate’ smear campaign scandal.
Bartomeu is one of three people to have been arrested so far, with Barcelona’s CEO Oscar Grau and head of legal services Roman Gomez Ponti the other two.
The Spanish media has said, the arrest is in relation to last year’s Barcagate scandal. This scandal came to light when Cadena Ser revealed about the (alleged) activities of the management to discredit the players for Barca, and in particular Lionel Messi and Gerard Piqué, or other figures that are part of (currently or as a former never to be forgotten) of the family Barca.
On Monday morning, Spanish police also entered Barcelona’s Nou Camp stadium in a search and seize operation.
The operation comes less than a week before the presidential elections is to be held at the club.