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(Guardian)   Former Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu arrested for corruption and money laundering in connection to Barcagate   (theguardian.com) divider line
    More: Dumbass, FC Barcelona, Elections, current chief, former president Josep Maria Bartomeu, Barcelona's stadium, club officials, smear campaign, Monday morning  
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2021-03-01 5:34:53 PM  
Barcelona is a country?

*reads article*

Oh, Barcelona FC.

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2021-03-01 6:11:22 PM  
Truly the smartest saboteur ever.
 
2021-03-01 6:30:06 PM  
Barcagate? Is that some sort of recliner scandal?
 
2021-03-01 8:00:56 PM  

max_pooper: Barcagate? Is that some sort of recliner scandal?


The morally and financially-bankrupt management of Barcelona FC wish it was that simple. This bunch of chucklefarks bankrupted the team trying to buy their way to footie supremacy in Spain, then tried to throw a scapegoat under the bus when they got caught at their shenanigans, and he turned around and threw the rest of them under the bus with him, as well as throwing everyone else they didn't like under the bus as well, and the team may well end up being held in trust by the courts until new ownership can be found, after the courts get done cleaning the current owners bank accounts out to pay the massive debt they ran up trying to buy the most over-priced roster of soccer players on the planet (and Paris St Germain may well find themselves in the same boat if they don't fix things in a hurry, unless they can bribe the Court for Arbitration for Sports to let them off the way Manchester City did when they got caught violating the Financial Fair Play rules).
 
2021-03-01 8:28:35 PM  

ClavellBCMI: max_pooper: Barcagate? Is that some sort of recliner scandal?

The morally and financially-bankrupt management of Barcelona FC wish it was that simple. This bunch of chucklefarks bankrupted the team trying to buy their way to footie supremacy in Spain, then tried to throw a scapegoat under the bus when they got caught at their shenanigans, and he turned around and threw the rest of them under the bus with him, as well as throwing everyone else they didn't like under the bus as well, and the team may well end up being held in trust by the courts until new ownership can be found, after the courts get done cleaning the current owners bank accounts out to pay the massive debt they ran up trying to buy the most over-priced roster of soccer players on the planet (and Paris St Germain may well find themselves in the same boat if they don't fix things in a hurry, unless they can bribe the Court for Arbitration for Sports to let them off the way Manchester City did when they got caught violating the Financial Fair Play rules).


To summarize this particular saga:

Bartomeu, due to epic mismanagement after winning the club presidency, had earned the scorn of a good part of the squad as well as the fans. Because he couldn't imagine anyone breaking the world transfer record for Neymar, his release clause (which lets a club enter contract talks with a player regardless of whether their club wants to sell or not) was left low enough for PSG to go for it. Panicking,  they splurged that money on players who didn't fit or got repeatedly injured. Year after year, they had embarrassing collapses in Europe and piled up debt as they spent a fortune on players and barely got a return on the ones they sold.

To counter the negative public perception, he hired I3 Ventures using club funds to publish fake articles aggrandizing himself, slandering former presidents and some members of the team. Hilariously, they made articles aggrandizing Messi and articles attacking him and/or his family. The entire thing got revealed in an exposé early last February.

Because there were almost enough signatures to hold an election to oust him, he resigned in October. But not before going out in a blaze of glory, with a speech designed to piss off as many people as possible.
 
2021-03-01 8:35:22 PM  

Princip's Sandwich: ClavellBCMI: max_pooper: Barcagate? Is that some sort of recliner scandal?

The morally and financially-bankrupt management of Barcelona FC wish it was that simple. This bunch of chucklefarks bankrupted the team trying to buy their way to footie supremacy in Spain, then tried to throw a scapegoat under the bus when they got caught at their shenanigans, and he turned around and threw the rest of them under the bus with him, as well as throwing everyone else they didn't like under the bus as well, and the team may well end up being held in trust by the courts until new ownership can be found, after the courts get done cleaning the current owners bank accounts out to pay the massive debt they ran up trying to buy the most over-priced roster of soccer players on the planet (and Paris St Germain may well find themselves in the same boat if they don't fix things in a hurry, unless they can bribe the Court for Arbitration for Sports to let them off the way Manchester City did when they got caught violating the Financial Fair Play rules).

To summarize this particular saga:

Bartomeu, due to epic mismanagement after winning the club presidency, had earned the scorn of a good part of the squad as well as the fans. Because he couldn't imagine anyone breaking the world transfer record for Neymar, his release clause (which lets a club enter contract talks with a player regardless of whether their club wants to sell or not) was left low enough for PSG to go for it. Panicking,  they splurged that money on players who didn't fit or got repeatedly injured. Year after year, they had embarrassing collapses in Europe and piled up debt as they spent a fortune on players and barely got a return on the ones they sold.

To counter the negative public perception, he hired I3 Ventures using club funds to publish fake articles aggrandizing himself, slandering former presidents and some members of the team. Hilariously, they made articles aggrandizing Messi and articles attacking him and/or h ...


Yeah, Barca is screwed, blued, and tattooed, and they have no one to blame but themselves. Everyone involved in this fiasco is trying to blame everyone else but themselves.
 
2021-03-01 8:37:25 PM  
Isn't Barcelona owned by club members? It seems that lacking the profit motive, they would focus all attention on winning. No doubt it is way more complicated than I know, but members kept this idiot in charge so they bear some responsibility here.
 
2021-03-01 8:56:03 PM  

AliceBToklasLives: Isn't Barcelona owned by club members? It seems that lacking the profit motive, they would focus all attention on winning. No doubt it is way more complicated than I know, but members kept this idiot in charge so they bear some responsibility here.


The members elect the club hierarchy, yes. To take him out, they'd have needed enough signatures to call an election to oust him. I don't think they've ever ousted a president like that.

Barcelona have had their fair share of heavily disliked former presidents, too. Joan Gaspart is still hated due to his epic mismanagement. Sandro Rosell, Bartomeu's predecessor, got arrested for money laundering too.
 
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