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Barça denies the accusations of hiring a company to defame players

Published:17/02/2020 - 16:01h

Updated:17/02/2020 - 16:46h

This Monday FC Barcelona has been accused of hiring a company to defame players, former players and opponents of the current directive. The club has come out immediately to deny it and has demanded a rectification so as not to take legal measures

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This Monday, the program of radio 'Què t'hi jugues?' Of Ràdio Barcelona, has accused to the FC Barcelona to having hired a company devoted to influence in the public opinion in social networks for difamar to third. This company called I3 Ventures would have acted against players of the staff, against ex Barcelona footballers or against all that that was against of the current managerial. The aim was to protect to Josep Maria Bartomeu and to his board creating common of opinion against which could hurt him.

But the club has not wanted that this information arrive very far and has decided contraatacar by means of an extensive communiqué in which it demands a rectification and threat with taking legal measures. The Barça denies all what has said on this case and leaves clear that I3 Ventures does not have any relation with the messages that have gone out in distinct places against Xavi Herández, Leo Messi or Gerard Hammered.

"As a result of the informations spread today on the contracting of a company devoted to create states of opinion in the social networks to erode the image of third related direct or indirectly with the club, the FC Barcelona denies categorically any relation and, even more, the contracting of services linked to accounts of social networks that have spread negative messages or of despise in relation with any person, entity or organisation that have or have had relation with the club", began the message of defence culé.

On i3 Ventures admitted the relation, but denied that the company was behind what accuses him . Besides, the club admitted to have controlled services to know the opinions that there is in the networks. "I3 Ventures, provider of the club, does not have any bond with these accounts and, if it showed some type of relation, the club would terminate immediately his contractual relation and would exert the timely legal actions. Likewise, the FC Barcelona confirms that has hired services of monitoring of social networks with the aim to have knowledge, so much of the positive messages like the negative, of which the Entity is the object", aimed.

The Barcelona recognised, besides, that if have monitored the social networks is for profit of all the culés and of the club. "With the contracting of these services, the club looks after to protect and preserve his reputation, as well as the one of those people linked to the Club (sponsors, players, directors, partners, peñistas...), in the measure that the protection of this reputation is a paramount element and a have to irrenunciable for which work by the Entity", signalled.

The Barça looms with taking legal actions

Finally, the Barça wanted to leave very clear that does not go to tolerate that it mark the image of the club with informations of this type and demanded an immediate rectification by part of the half that has spread this news. In contrary case, the Catalans will take legal actions against the one who do lacking. "The club demands the immediate rectification of the informations spread and reserves the right to exert the timely legal actions against the one who follow involving to the club in this type of practices", finalised the writing.

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