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Police ‘arrest former Barcelona president Bartomeu and two club bosses' as staff see football giants' offices raided by officers

Added 03-01-21 07:37:02am EST - “Josep Maria Bartomeu has been arrested alongside two senior Barcelona officials in the latest development in a police investigation less than a week before the club's presidential elections end, a Spanish news source has said.” - Rt.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Rt.com: “Police ‘arrest former Barcelona president Bartomeu and two club bosses’ as staff see football giants’ offices raided by officers”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Catalonian cops have raided the offices of the Spanish football giants and reportedly swooped on ex-president Bartomeu, who resigned at the end of October along with the club's entire board of directors.

Local force the Mossos d'Esquadra are said to have taken action – moving in just six days before the long-awaited presidential elections to permanently replace Bartomeu end – on grounds of suspected unfair administration, corruption between individuals and money laundering.

Employees were told to leave the club's headquarters on Monday and have been unable to access their workplace while officers search for evidence, with Nacion Digital reporting that CEO Oscar Grau and head of legal services Roman Gomez Ponti were also arrested.

FC Barcelona confirm police have entered the club's premises today. Reports in Spain say the club's CEO and head of legal have been arrested. More likely to emerge throughout the day.

The report also claimed that other buildings were being searched as part of a case that it said had "erupted" over a high-profile row last year, when a company was allegedly hired to undermine club legends including Lionel Messi and Gerard Pique online, as well as former players and presidential candidates.

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