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'He lied to Lionel Messi and me' - Gerard Pique hits out at former Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu

Arjun Singh Devgan
Pique is not happy with Bartomeu
Pique is not happy with Bartomeu / Soccrates Images/GettyImages

Barcelona defender, Gerard Pique has hit out at the club's former president, Josep Maria Bartomeu over the Barcagate scandal, while going on to accuse the Spaniard of lying to him and Lionel Messi.

The defender did not hold back when talking about Bartomeu and said the 59-year-old denied all knowledge of the scandal when he asked him about it.

“Why am I cross with Bartomeu? When he lied to my face with Barçagate. The club hired some services to criticize players. He lied to Leo and my faces at the training ground, he told us he knew nothing about Barçagate,” he told Marca.

“We told him that we accepted that he didn’t know anything and that we hoped he would take the appropriate measures. And then I found out that he did know. That he lied to my face in such a serious incident... at least he shows his face and asks for forgiveness. I went out like an idiot to defend him.”

Bartomeu was one of several officials arrested in the wake of Barcagate scandal, with the former president accused of hiring company I3 Ventures to run disparaging stories against players which included the likes of Messi and Pique.

He ended up resigning in October 2020 after facing a vote of no confidence at the Camp Nou.