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Barcelona to Investigate Internal Complaints Over Contracts Issued While Josep Maria Bartomeu Was in Charge

Barcelona's former president Josep Maria Bartomeu was arrested in March
Barcelona's former president Josep Maria Bartomeu was arrested in March / Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

Barcelona are reportedly investigating several internal complaints over contracts issued while former president Josep Maria Bartomeu was still in charge at the club.

Bartomeu was ousted as president in October 2020, with Joan Laporta eventually taking over earlier this year. And according to Goal, there have been complaints dealing with payments made to suppliers who failed to carry out any work or left their tasks unfinished.

The report states that the former president issued contracts to several companies to oversee projects for the LaLiga giants, but there's no record of their tasks being completed. Some of those tasks included work for the club's Espai Barca project, which was created in order to upgrade and remodel Camp Nou and other related facilities.

The report also adds that Barcelona employees, including some from the marketing and communications department, were allegedly forced to finish some of the work, and that multiple companies were hired and paid by Bartomeu to carry out the same tasks.

Upon taking over at Barca, Laporta hinted at some potentially troublesome business that had been conducted under his predecessor.

"Things are emerging that we will have to solve, some worrying, others surprising and others complicated but that have a solution," Laporta said at his introductory press conference before concluding, "We will be transparent to the maximum, because what we are finding has to be explained."