Former President Bartomeu Provisionally Released After Arrest

Former President Bartomeu Provisionally Released Following Arrest
Josep Bartomeu

Former FC Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has been released on Tuesday, a day after he was arrested in a probe related to allegations of improper management and business corruption.

According to reports, Bartomeu and his former adviser Jaume Masferrer, had made use of their right not to give a statement in court and the judge had agreed to their provisional release.

Bartomeu was among four people connected with the club arrested on Monday in what Catalan police called “an investigation into alleged crimes related to property and the socio-economic order.”

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Barcelona CEO Oscar Grau and legal services director Roman Gomez Ponti were detained and later released on Monday while Bartomeu and Masferrer spent the night in a Barcelona police station.

The club’s offices at their Camp Nou stadium were one of five properties searched by police during the operation.

The investigation stemmed from a report in February 2020 by radio station Cadena Ser which revealed the club had hired firms to monitor social media activity while Bartomeu was president.