Tuesday’s football news opens with a number of problems for FC Barcelona. It was revealed on Monday that Spanish authorities issued search warrants in the stadium and arrested four officers, including CEO Oscar Grau and former President Josep Maria Bartomeu. It’s about payments to a public relations firm, 13 Ventures, during Bartomeu’s time as president. That went into the public domain as Barcagate last year.
The goal is a complete solution from Barcagate. Nadia Tronchoni and Jesus Garcia from El Pais report what happened on Monday at Camp Nou. The NY Times’ Tariq Panja with what we know about the ongoing investigation by the Catalan White Collar Crime Department. AP updates the situation.
In an official statement, the club confirmed the arrests and the raid with the words: “FC Barcelona has offered the judicial and police authorities its full cooperation in order to establish clear facts that are the subject of an investigation. The information and documents requested by the judicial police relate exclusively to the facts in this case. FC Barcelona expresses its greatest respect for the existing legal process and the principle of presumed innocence for those affected by this investigation. “
What this means for Barcelona at the moment is an open question. The police investigation is not a trial and arrests have yet to be prosecuted. It’s a difficult time for the club, whose financial troubles are now well known. This has led to speculation that the craze some at the club seem to have for a breakaway super league is largely due to the economy.
Even if this is easy to turn down, especially from supporters of other clubs, it could be the canary in the coal mine that is causing bigger problems in European football. This is not a time when any of the elite clubs should expect to do well financially. It is hard to imagine that it could be easier for clubs that do not enjoy the global profile of one of the most successful teams in world sport.
Barcelona are in a somewhat unique position as they elect a president who needs membership support. Whatever the reality of the alleged online smear campaign, Barca face broader issues that should resonate across European football.
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