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Saturday, January 11, 2020

Barcelona reduce ties with PR corporation accused of criticising players

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu said on Tuesday the membership has terminated its contract with a corporation accused of criticising cutting-edge and former players, including Lionel Messi, on social media. “This morning I for my part gave instructions terminate the agreement,” Bartomeu said at a journalism awards rite. According to Spanish radio station Cadena Ser Cataluna on Monday, Barca hired PR business enterprise, I3 Ventures, to enhance the picture of Bartomeu and the membership’s board on line. The organization oversaw “dozens” of money owed attacking the likes of Messi, Gerard Pique, Xavi Hernandez, Pep Guardiola and Carles Puyol on Facebook and Twitter. 
Among the messages the file stated is one expressing anger towards Messi for his put off in signing a brand new agreement and some other wondering Pique’s involvement inside the Davis Cup. In a declaration on Monday, Barcelona denied that it changed into in the back of the messages and Bartomeu reiterated that stance on Tuesday. “Barca has never employed a provider to discredit everybody,” he said. “Not a participant, not a former participant, nor any politician, manager, president or former president.” Bartomeu delivered: “That is flatly fake. We will defend ourselves where vital in this trouble, with the aid of all method.” 

Barcelona had already threatened prison movement in opposition to any media firms that “maintain to implicate the membership in this form of practice”. “Let one thing be clear,” Bartomeu persevered. “To the question: Have we commissioned the tracking of social networks? The solution is yes. “To the query: Have we commissioned to discredit humans or institutions through social networks? The solution is no and we are able to take action in opposition to all folks who accuse us of that.” The controversy increases the pressure on Bartomeu and the Barcelona board ahead of presidential elections due subsequent yr, and following a period of political turmoil at the membership. 

The board had been clumsy in their sacking of coach Ernesto Valverde last month, while an technique to Xavi Hernandez was leaked even as Valverde changed into nevertheless in post. And two weeks in the past, Messi engaged in a public spat with the membership’s technical secretary Eric Abidal, who claimed the players had been the primary purpose of Valverde’s elimination. The timing of this ultra-modern controversy is likewise a ability distraction beforehand of a crucial week for the crew. Barcelona play Eibar at home in La Liga on Saturday before facing Napoli away in the Champions League and then Real Madrid in the league at the Santiago Bernabeu.
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