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Details of the scandal: Leaders of the 'procés' extorted Barça
Published:18/01/2022 - 22:02h
Updated:18/01/2022 - 22:20h
In 2017, the leaders of the Catalan independence movement asked the then president of FC Barcelona, Josep María Bartomeu, to manage ghost contracts to finance their political actions
The newspaper 'The World' published this Tuesday the first of three reports that describe the pressures that the leaders of the 'procés' exerted on the ex-president of the FC Barcelona, Josep María Bartomeu, in 2017. In accordance with the scoop of the newspaper generalista, the movement independentista headed by Carles Puidgemont asked to the managerial create agreements ghosts to fund his political actions.
The requests made before 01 October of this year, day in which it made the referendum independentista organised by Puidgemont. The agreements included the creation of agreements to false executives and fictitious companies. Besides, Puidgemont asked to Bartomeu make "a patriotic gesture" taking out of the box blaugrana 2.6 million euros to pay the bail of the ex-president of the Government of Catalonia, Artur But, and of his ex advisers Joana Ortega, Irene Rigau and Francesc Homs.
The Madrilenian newspaper recopiló information of electronic devices taken part by the Mossos d'Esquadra to exejecutivos of the Barcelona, which form part of the designated 'Barçagate', case that investigates the contracting of a company that would manage the creation and monitory of profiles in social networks for difamar to players and opositores to the movement independentista.
The pressure of Pudigemont pretended to convert to the Barça in an instrument of the 'procés', creating a "box financiadora of the independentism". Between the companies ghosts appeared some Israeli signatures specialised in security and development of software.
Several players knew what occurred
The investigation also revealed that some players, when darse of what sucedía, asked to the managerial include a clause "anti independentista" in his renewals of agreement, by means of which could abandon the club if Catalonia, finally, separated of Spain. The report of The World will continue destramando the case in the next days.