Former Barcelona President Josep Bartomeu has been arrested at him home

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Former FC Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu has been arrested at his home by the Mossos d’Esquadra on Monday morning according to Marca.

The arrest was made in connection to the recent Barcagate scandal in which it is alleged that Barcelona paid for disparaging social media posts to be made about certain figures in the Blaugrana world who stood against Bartomeu’s regime.

Police visited and searched the Barcelona club offices on Monday and following their findings made a number of arrests.

It is also being reported that CEO Oscar Grau and lawyer Roman Gomez Ponti have also been arrested at the Camp Nou, while former director Jaume Masferrer has, like Bartomeu, was arrested at his home.

All the men have all been taken to a local police station and are expected to be allowed to return to their homes after their statements have been received.

The decision to make these arrests was not the decision of the courts but instead was that of the Mossos d’Esquadra – the police force of Catalonia, largely replacing the Spanish Policía Nacional and Guardia Civil – the courts had only issued an order to search the club offices.

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