Bartomeu provisionally freed after spending night in jail

Former Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu was provisionally freed on Tuesday after showing earlier than a decide following a night in jail whereas being investigated for potential irregularities throughout his administration.

Court docket officers mentioned Bartomeu and his former adviser on the Spanish membership, Jaume Masferrer, used their proper to not make any feedback.

Bartomeu, Masferrer and two different membership officers had been arrested on Monday after Catalan police raided Barcelona’s headquarters in a search and seizure operation associated to final yr’s “Barçagate.” In that case, the membership was accused of launching a smear marketing campaign in opposition to present and former gamers who had been crucial of then-president Bartomeu and others.

The arrests got here lower than per week earlier than the membership holds presidential elections, and added to the turmoil surrounding the staff not too long ago.

Barcelona, which has additionally struggled on the sphere and will lose Lionel Messi after his contract ends this season, has been led by a caretaker board since Bartomeu and his board of administrators resigned in October whereas dealing with a no-confidence vote.

The Spanish powerhouse has a debt of greater than 1.1 billion euros ($1.3 billion), in giant half due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Authorities mentioned the arrests had been made as they examine “alleged crimes associated to property and socio-economic order.”

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