Tag: #BartoGate

Our response to Bartomeu’s letter

After reading the open letter sent by FC Barcelona’s former president to the current board on August 13th, at El Cor Blaugrana we wanted to write a reply, as we feel entitled to. We are in total astonishment, by the fact that even almost a year after his departure, former president is unable to recognize and accept his part in the Club’s current situation.

We want to remember that, in October 7th last year,  Bartomeu and his board had known that + 20,000 signatures submitted on 17 September were validated. After that, the only thing they needed to do, was to call for a vote of no censorship. But in 20 days, util their resignation, their action was none other than to delay the vote. In light of these events, on October 27th, we submitted the Club a petition to open an internal complaint for serious breach of the Statutes. He and his board of directors blatantly prevented the vote of no confidence from taking place. They did nnot act to protect member’s health as Bartomeu says in his letter, as Catalan government had authorized protocols to held the vote. Their only purpose was to hinder the process.

On the other hand, his quotes implying that his tenure left two revenue options to the next board, are absolutely consistent with his behavior as president. The Superleague ‘project’, which only plan was to accept 350M from an investor, without a business model or a revenue stream,  was another example of his short-term vision and lack of management capacity. The proposal to sell Club’s assets, so-called ‘Barça Corporate’ project, was another example. To lose future value in order to cover debts accumulated by them during their tenure, which were generated due to a careless, not to say negligent, management, is another proof od their intention of destroying what we were as a club. They almost succeeded at it.

It is therefore clear that these two sources of income were invented by Bartomeu and co. to cover their missmanagement and lack of any sort of strategy, in sports and finance, which was characteristic of his tenure. It is also clear that, when those sources of income are not considered by the current board, the real impact of Bartomeu’s last year is becoming to sink in all of us.

The letter he wrote and was publised by the press last Friday, once again proved we were right to promote the motion of censorship in 2020. We cannot imagine would have happened if Bartomeu had finished his term. Fortunately, and thanks to thousands of members and millions of fans, we di not allow it.

Bartomeu left because we made him to. After starting the motion of no censorship, we keep working for him or any of his board members would never get close to the Club again. We have several actions on that matter. One of them is that we are taking part as in the court case known as #BartoGate.

Finally, we would like to remember Bartomeu’s words in 2008, and make them our own.  In that ocasion, Bartomeu said to the press “FC Barcelona President (meaning Laporta) should apologize to all members”. We demand him to act in consequence and apologize himself for a number of reasons. We list below some of them:

  • The 15M€ overprice paid during the Griezmann signing, in which, according to press statements at that time, a close collaborator of his oversaw this operation
  • Being responsible of, alongside with Sandro Rosell, FC Barcelona being charged guilty of fiscal fraud, atated by Spains Court, after Neymar’s signing
  • After this episode, by means of former Legal Affairs Chief, Roman Gomez Ponti, that they would: “Clarify responsabilities in this subject. We have a roadmap, which involves approval of this deal (which led Barca to pay milions of euros to exonerate Rosell and Bartomeu)  and after that, the Club will investigate and find people responsible for this mistake. We will tell you about this in the future. This is not over. The Club has suffered losses and it won’t be forgotten” . After more than five years, the former board did nothing to clarify who were guilty in this case
  • Put pressure on the Presidente of the Vote of Censorship Commission last year, with private and public statements that were intented to question his judgement
  • Make every possible effort to delay and cancel the vote of censorship, even involving the Guardia Civil for that, in one of the most embarrasing episodes of the Club’s recent history
  • Over 20 signings made for Barça B, most of them players from Brazil who never player a single minute for the team
  • Hiring a company to monitor social media for the Club, asking them also to created and fed profiles dedicated to insult people related to the Club, including Pep Guardiola, Victor Font, and even players like Gerard Piqué • Not respecting the decision taken in a vote at the extraordinary board meeting in February 2020, following the scandal #Bartogate, where it was decided by majority, to advance the elections
  • Failing to respect the decision takien by the majority of the board in February 2020, when advancing election was decided by the mayority of the board, following the #BartoGate scandal
  • Paying an unexplicable amount of 1,5M€ to Laietà Sports Club, as compensation for alleged inconveniences they might have suffering during the inexistent construction works for the new Palau Blaugrana
  • Holding the biggest responsibility on the departure of the best football player in history. First, for makin him wanting to leave, and then, for him actually leaving due the financial crisis the Club is suffering, and the impossibility of meeting La Liga’s salary cap
  • Making all sorts of player exchanges that were merely accounting operations to offset short-term losses. These operations, altough legal, were of dubious ethical nature, but made a common practice in order to reduce accounted losses

We hope hope we witnessed the last chapter of his disastrous management last Sunday, as our captain and symbol was forced out as a direct result of Bartomeu’s tenure.

It is from this moment that our group expresses and reiterates its availability to rebuild our Club

Cor Blaugrana is officialy part of the #Bartogate case

El Cor Blaugrana is happy to announce today that we have already paid legal fees required by the Court that holds the #BartoGate cause. Therefore, now we can say we are part of the prosecution in this. We, as FC Barcelona’s members and fans, feel harmed by actions taken in this case, which are not appropriate for an entity like ours. That is why we want to know all the responsibilities in this case.

Our involvement in #BartoGate case began in October 2020, when we filed a legal action to take part in the case. After some procedures carried out through our lawyer, Felipe Izquierdo, we decided to pay € 7,000 in legal fees. This amount was imposed by Barcelona’s Court of Justice, and we paid it as we wanted to stay in the case as prosecution. We managed to raise this amount thanks to Cor Blaugrana’s members, and all those who publicly contributed to our open fund. All of them have allowed us to stand as an accusation in this case.

On April 6th 2021, the fee was paid. Two weeks ago, we received the Court’s response, indicating that they accepted us within the cause. We speeded up the process because we want to attend and participate in the statements of Carlos Ibañez (president of i3 Ventures), Roman Gómez Ponti (head of the legal services of FC Barcelona in the Bartomeu stage) and Óscar Grau (CEO of FC Barcelona in the Bartomeu stage). These statements are scheduled for June 7th, 2021.

We are aware that #BartoGate case has brought a significant loss of credibility to the Club, and has greatly damaged its image, especially at international level. As we have explained before, to start a new era at the Club, we believe it is necessary to clean up, and establish responsibilities for everything that has happened in the last ten years. However, our aim goes further than that: we want to help the Blaugrana nation to heal. We strongly believe we all need to know what happen, clarify responsibilities, to make sure it never happens again.

We will then continue our task of doing justice on behalf of FC Barcelona and its members and fans. We will keep you informed of developments in this case.

#BartoGate: Complaint filed against executives

At El Cor Blaugrana we keep fighting for transparency and respect all Barca members deserve from the Club. That is why we are glad to announce we are filling an internal complaint against executives involved in the #BartoGate scandal. Our complaint will be filed against former president Josep Maria Bartomeu, and executives Òscar Grau, the Club’s CEO, Román Gómez Ponti, and Jaume Masferrer, Bartomeu’s advisor. We state they have infringed the Club’s Statutes in a way they might lose their membership. We think the facts around the #BartoGate court case are serious enough to take action. 

In a recent article, that you can read here, we exposed the relationships among those executives and former presidents Sandro Rosell and Josep Maria Bartomeu. You can read how they arrived to the Club and how they continued being involved, taking decisions and damaging our Club during their time.

We will send this complaint to the new Disciplinary Committee as soon as it is formed.

COR BLAUGRANA AT THE #BARTOGATE COURT CASE

Apart from filling an internal complaint, we also want to pursue all responsibilities regarding the court case already in place for the #BartoGate scandal. We took part of it in October, and now, in order to continue the process, Spain’s court is asking us for 7.000 €. Here is where we need your help once more!- We need to know what happened, and also explain everything to you!. Please help us out with a donation in the link below.

We would like to extend this invitation to donate to our cause, to everyone who would like to contribute. All donations surpassing our goal will be donated to the Johan Cruyff Foundation.

With these actions, we only pursue to leave this awful chapter behind us. But we think the only way to do that is through justice. FC Barcelona should be rebuilt over transparency and truth!.

If you want to know more about our latests actions, take a look into our Youtube channel, here.

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