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Ex-Barcelona president released after court appearance

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Ex-Barcelona president released after court appearance
Published 2 March 2021
Former Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu and his former advisor Jaume Masferrer were released Tuesday after appearing before a judge investigating last year’s ‘Barcagate’ scandal, a Spanish court said.
The two men, who were arrested on Monday, “exercised their right not to speak, and the judge granted them conditional release while the investigation continues”, the Barcelona court said in a statement.
The court said the judge had sought to question them as part of an investigation opened in May 2020 into the suspected crimes of false administration and business corruption.
Two other club officials also detained as part of the operation which involved a search of Barcelona’s stadium — the club’s current chief executive Oscar Grau and its head of legal services Roma Gomez Ponti — were released late on Monday.

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Several arrested after police enter Barcelona stadium in search operation

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Several arrested after police enter Barcelona stadium in search operation
March 01, 2021
Several people were arrested by Spanish police on Monday as part of an investigation into FC Barcelona. It comes shortly after officers entered Barcelona's stadium in a search and seize operation.
BARCELONA — Several people were arrested by Spanish police on Monday as part of an investigation into FC Barcelona. It comes shortly after officers entered Barcelona's stadium in a search and seize operation.
Spanish media said the operation was related to last year's “Barçagate,” in which club officials were accused of launching a smear campaign against current and former players who were critical of the club and then-president Josep Maria Bartomeu.