The former president of FC Barcelona has been granted “provisional release” from police custody, after he was arrested on Monday over an alleged smear campaign against figures at the club.
Josep Maria Bartomeu was among four people to be arrested when police raided the club’s stadium Camp Nou, as part of an investigation into the “Barçagate” scandal.
“Barçagate” is an alleged smear campaign, which the courts have been investigating since May.
Two of the club’s current directors, general manager Oscar Grau, and legal director Roman Gomez Ponti, were also arrested before being released on Monday evening.
‘Barçagate’ smear campaign,
The arrests were over an alleged smear campaign against people at the club who were critical of the president, with victims including Lionel Messi, Gerard Piqué, former coach Pep Guardiola, and the former club president Joan Laporta.