Accused of having called a communication company to look after his image and that of the club, while discrediting players and opponents, Josep Maria Bartomeu responded to the accusations on Tuesday at a press conference.
Bartomeu had a press meeting on Tuesday
Monday, Radio Catalunya announced that the president of FC Barcelona Josep Maria Bartomeu would have called on the services of the company I3 Ventures to look after its image and discredit certain players as well as personalities linked to the Catalan club. The boss blaugrana spoke to the press on Tuesday to answer these accusations.
J. M. Bartomeu – it's totally wrong
While he is notably accused of having used the services of this company to target Victor Font, main opponent of Camp Bartomeu for the presidential election of 2021, but also Lionel Messi, Gerard Piqu or Xavi, the Barcelona president denied categorically. The Bara has never engaged in a society to discredit anyone. Neither player, former player, politician, coach, president or former president. That's totally wrong , he assures.
If he denies this process, Bartomeu confirms – as the club had already done on Monday – having called I3 Ventures since the end of 2017 to monitor social networks: Yes, the Bara has hired monitoring services, as do the vast majority of clubs and businesses. That is true.
The contract with I3 Ventures will be terminated
A collaboration that will end soon. As it was confirmed to us that an account linked to this company sent negative publications, we asked this morning for the termination of the contract , said the President of Barcelona. And obviously, this case has not cooled the Bara. When asked if we have ordered monitoring of social networks, the answer is yes. And we will continue to do so , he warns.
Before denying the charges again: It is the club's responsibility to know what is going on and what is being said in the world, in order to preserve the Bara. To the question of whether we have mandated this service to discredit people or institutions across social networks, the answer is no and we will prosecute all those who accuse us of this. Enough to calm the new rumble against him?
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