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.
Still surprised by the announcement on Sunday night announcing the creation of a closed competition at European level of which FC Barcelona will be part as a founder, from the Cor Blaugrana we would like to make the following considerations.
From our point of view, sports competitions must be open and based on sporting value. This league, which sells itself as one of the best clubs in Europe, has clubs that are not leaders in their leagues. On the other hand, clubs with more social importance in their countries are not part of it.
The current format of the UEFA Champions League, in practice, is not the antithesis of the Super League. Every year we see its competitiveness shrink. The possibility of games between so-called ‘big’ and ‘small’ teams is getting lower. The competition organized by UEFA needs a deep review. We need to know the value that UEFA gives to FC Barcelona, our club being one of the most important on the European continent, and how we could have a greater influence in this relationship that today does not benefit the club.
The members want to know what benefits and losses they give to the club that we own. We also believe that it is necessary to know how the evaluation of this business opportunity has been done. We believe that the club, after its recent history, needs the maximum possible transparency with its members and fans. Broken trusts need to be restored, and the only way to do that is to listen to and consider the views of club owners: the members.
We understand that Barça is going through a very complicated economic moment in the short term, which has been the result of a negligent administration for more than ten years. It gives the impression, according to the Superleague’s business plan, that it could mean a significant initial injection of money, in the form of a 350M euro loan. What we don’t understand is what other benefit, apart from the economic one, would be the participation in this competition for a sports club like Futbol Club Barcelona, especially understanding that the Barça brand is already positioned internationally.
FC Barcelona has always been characterized by being “More Than a Club”. This phrase, which has been used more as a marketing slogan in recent years, has a unique meaning in the world of football. It is precisely the Més Que Un Club that has led Barça to be the most important club in the world, with more fans and more preference, even in emerging markets.
Considering the importance of this change for the immediate future of the entity, we ask the Board of FC Barcelona that this decision to found the European Super League should be taken to an open debate and consultation with all members.
The Cor Blaugrana values all the efforts that the current Board is making to face the delicate economic situation that it received as an inheritance. But we also believe that this situation can be reversed by doing things differently, appealing to the respect of members, fans, rivals and the club environment. If we want to get out of the present moment, we must all work together.
FC Barcelona is in a serious situation of institutional paralisis. The elections have been postponed, so it is necessary for members and groups to propose new ways to actually hold elections with safety. They cannot be postponed again.
This needs comes from the fact that the Interim board has been uncapable of finding a solution, even when Catalan elections will be held anyway -a much more massive process-. The main function of this board was to call and organize elections, and they have failed in it every step of the way.
This fridat, from El Cor Blaugrana we sent an urgent document to the Board, with a proposal. We propose having more polling stations, distributed all over Catalunya, in order to garantee the elections will be held on March 7th. This initiative, that we called #MultiseusFCB, is born from the urgent need to secure the electoral process and to have an elected president as soon as possible, who must be elected with maximum participation. There are no excuses, not even sanitary, to keep delaying the elections.
From the evolution of the pandemic in Catalunya, it is very likely that, by March, movement restrictions will be less strict. This led us to present to options:
1- One polling station electoral in each of the 42 counties (comarques) in Catalunya. With this strategy, it is possible to guarantee a possibility to vote for all Barça members in Catalunya (93% of total).
2- Considering that 83% of members live in Barcelona province, we think that having 11 polling stations, one in each of Barcelona counties, the participation rates will be significantly better than with just six proposed by the board.
This proposal complements the mail vote, and it is intended for the majority of members that have not opted for that mecanism.
We think this proposal is completely doable and there is sufficient time to implement. We are aware of the challenges of the pandemic, but they have been addressed in many countries (Catalunya too, holding general elections in february), where democracy has not been put on hold. Nor the pandemic nor the cost of the process should be reasons to have less participation in our elections.
Help us spread the word on social media using the HT #MultiseusFCB!
We have also sent this proposal to candidates Jan Laporta and Víctor Font, asking their support to this initiative through our hashtag #MultiseusFCB
Visca el Barça, visca Catalunya, and elections now!
Check out our Twitter to read comments on this initiative.
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.
On 7 March 2021, if the members do not do anything strange, ten infamous years of looting at FC Barcelona will come to an end. The culture of looting, installed in the Club for the past decade, came from feelins of resentment and revenge. We have had 10 years of nepotism and corruption, which continues until 2021. There are numerous ‘executives’ who have gone through different positions at the Club, without professional skills and just because they were friends or associates of Sandro Rosell and Josep Maria Bartomeu. Their influence at the Club have continued long after their respective resignations. And their associates, as is easily proven these days, have continued to use the Club to satisfy their own interests.
Let’s take a quick look of who these people are:
1- Joan Carles Raventós: From Rosell’s partner at Bonus Sports Marketing to Barça’s section director. Mr. Raventós went from failure to failure within the Club, being relocated several times as a senior executive. He is currently the general manager of Barça Licensing & Merchandasing, a subsidiary created to manage the retail business. You can read more about his connection with Rosell in this link, as well as how he appointed other associates as Barça executives in 2010.
And here you can read a more detailed profile on Mr. Raventós.
2– Lauren Collette: From strategic consultant for Bonus Sports Marketing with Rosell, to Barça’s director of marketing. For 5 years he earned a big salary from the Club. He went on to sign for Roma in 2015. You can find more information about him here.
3- Emili Rossich: “Rossichi, for friends”. He met Sandro Rosell at the the Olympic Committee for the 1992 Games. He was the CEO of FC Barcelona for four years. He was fired by Bartomeu after receiving a hefty compensation of 3M €.
4- Carles Rexach + Migueli + Josep Maria Fusté: They gave Rosell their support when he presented to the elections in 2010, and were rewarded named advisors, with a monthly salary of 6000 euros. Their work was attending to VIP boxes at Barca games. 6,000 x 12 x 3 x 10 = 2,160,000 euros is the cost of there 3 advisors at FC Barcelona for 10 years.
5- Andre Cury: Rosell’s friend from his Nike Brasil era. After passing through Traffic (a Brazilian company that sells players with the respective commissions), he entered Barça through the back door when they signed Neymar. One of the most obscure people in the collection of Rosell’s associates, he has been involved in the numerous signings from Brazil FC Barcelona has made, for both first squad and the B team. The biggest scandal he was involved and benefited from, was the contract signed by Rosell in which Cury would get a 3% of commission on the future sale of Neymar. All said and done, Neymar was sold to PSG and Andre Cury got a nice 6 million €. We are not talking about peanuts here. Here you can read more about that operation.
6- Pere Jansà: Friend of Rosell and head of communication strategy during his 2010 election campaign, he joined FC Barcelona as director of communications, when Sandro won the elections. However, he did not last a year in office, he was quickly relocated to the social area, where he continues in office today with a high salary. He is in charge of mail-in vote for the current elections, as we explained here.
7- Ketty Calatayud: She arrived from newspaper La Vanguardia, to replace Pere Jansà. She turned out to be another notorious failure, with a high executive salary she lasted a little over a year in office. She is still relocated within the Club today, we don’t know exactly what she’s doing at the moment, but she’s probably very well paid.
8- Gerard Guiu: A friend of Rosell, Jaume Collboni and Spanish TV presenter Risto Mejide, he joined president Rosell as chief of staff in 2011. After holding various positions at the Club, he ended up leading the FCB headquarters in New York. He left through the back door at the end of 2017, after 6 years of generous salary.
9- Emili Sabadell: Just like Antoni Rossich, he met Rosell at the COO for Barcelona 92. He was the one who personally fired one of the legends of Barça’s dressing room, Txema Corbella. He left Barça in 2015 to one of Rosell’s companies, Grifone..
10- Juanjo “Cabeçao” Castillo: Close friend of Sandro Rosell, he went from doing a little bit of everything at BSM, to a little bit of everything at Barça’s presidency. To this day, we do not know if he is still working in the Club, after he starred the unfortunate incident with the alleged purchase of Abidal’s liver (his voice was recorded by Spanish police, saying that the liver was bought by Club’s officials)
lamentable incidentamb la presumpta compra del fetge d’Abidal.
11- Shahe Ohannessian: Friend of Sandro from ESADE glorious college days, he is also the godfather of Rosell’s daughter. Rosell sold his BSM company to him. Ohannessian worked for Barça in order to, allegedly, find sponsors in Africa.
12- Robert Cama: The shadow of Joan Carles Raventós, he was fired from Mediapro for hacking Jaume Roures’email. Surprisingly, Barcelona hired him when he lost his job.
13- Jordi Jacas: A well known chef, owner of the hotel restaurant Molí de l’Escala and friend of Rosell. The board of FC Barcelona went to “summer camps” in early 2012 to his hotel, to prepare the real estate looting, or what it will be known as “Espai Barça”. A few months later, the catering of the stadium VIP boxes was awarded to him. Being Rosell’s friend certainly pays off.
14- Albert Soler: He joined the club with Bartomeu in 2014. He has been a disaster everywhere in the Club where he has been located. He resigned in 2017, and was relocated while retaining senior executive salaries. Another obscure character and very close to Catalan Civil Society (an unionist, far right political entity). Coincidentally or not, the #BartoGate investigation has put under suspicion that the club might have financed Catalan Civil Society.
15- Jaume Masferrer + Jaume Montané: Jaume Masferrer known by his friend Rosell as “Masfe”, he had his company located in Rosell’s private address for a period of time. He began ‘working’ for FC Barcelona being in charge of the polling structure known as “Observatori Blaugrana”. Masferrer and his close collaborator Jaume Montané, owner of Time Consultant company, were the ones who ran the polling structure. Masferrer was of great importance with Bartomeu as president, becoming his right hand man and the main pyromaniac master executor of the #BartoGate scandal.
16- Román Gómez Ponti: One of Bartomeu’s people of trust, he also took part in ‘back stage’, in the demands against Laporta on behalf of the Association for Defense of Member’s Rights, an organization led by Robert Blanch and Vicenç Pla (which, obviously, served obscure interests, and never represented any Barça member). Gomez Ponti joined the club in 2015. His hatred of Cruyffism, Guardiola and Laporta is well documented in his Twitter profile. He filed a complaint to the Guardia Civil, with the only purpose of stopping the vote of no confidence against Bartomeu on october 2020.
17- Joan Manel Trayter: He collaborated with the Association for Defense of Member’s Rights, led by Robert Blanch. In April 2014, he was appointed as Síndic del Sociby Bartomeu’s board. Which means he was the member’s representative to the Club. That didn’t went well.
18- Pau Vilanova: A close friend of Rosell, when Sandro resigned he was the board member who replaced him. His company is located at Rosell’s personal address.
19- David Bellver: Close friend and partner of Rosell. He was appointed as a board member when Jordi Mestre resigned. His company is the organizer of the MIC tournament, where different teams from the Aspire academy from Qatar, have participated. He is considered one of Sandro’s ringleaders on the hidden recreational yacht under the name of Jack Sparrow.
Long story short, the duo Sandro & Barto, Barto & Sandro, believed that Barça was their private property. They did anything they wanted with impunity and no remorse, helped by the silence of the submissive and friendly media. Thanks to the few exceptions of honest media and also a lot of Barça members, some of their wrongdoing have come to light. We only know a small part of what they have done to the Club. They came in 2010 shouting to the members “I will not fail you!”, but they seem to change that for a more suitable statement: “I will f*** you all!”.
Hopefully their years will end now.
We sent a letter to FC Barcelona last monday, to insist on our proposal of increasing the number of polling stations for the upcomming elections. We haven’t received an answer yet. As a result of the rigid position from the Comisión Gestora, more than 50,000 members won’t be able to vote ld be excluded from the electoral process.
More than 50% of members live outside Barcelona city. Just 11% of them will have access to a polling station, considering the current movement restictions in Catalonia. Therefore, a significant number of members (we estimate around 40%) wil be unable to vote, or will be very restricted to take part in the upcoming elections.
In the letter we sent, we reminded the Comisión about MultiseusFCB, a series of proposals we sent last month, aimed to make the elections more accessible with more polling stations. As we have already estated before, our proposals were rejected by the Club, using this blatant lie as an excuse: “the authorities discourage accepting your proposals”. However, Health authorities have NEVER discouraged the Club from setting up more polling stations.
From El Cor Blaugrana we have tried everything to have maximum participation and transparency in the upcoming elections. We have urged the Club to set up more venues, and requested the mail-in vote should be counted separately from the rest. After all our efforts, the only option we see possible now is to vote with the permit of self-responsibility. Therefore, we encourage all members to use this method to go to vote, making their voice hear in this crucial time.
In this matter, we demand FC Barcelona to reach an agreement with the Generalitat, so that members can use this document to get to vote. If 5.5 million people were called to vote on February 14th in Catalonia’s general elections, a few thousand should be able to do the same next week. If the Comisión does not do anything for the sake of the Club’s democracy, we ask the Victor Font i Joan Laporta, if they get elected, to publicly commit to providing legal coverage from the Club, in case any member is sanctioned for the simple act of voting.
Watch our brand new video! All about our #MultiseusFCB proposal 🔥
At El Cor Blaugrana we continue our task to make the next elections to be more transparent and to facilitate participation of members. We believe Barça’s motto, ‘More than a Club’, gets more important now, on the verge of the upcomming elections.
A few days ago we sent a letter to the Club, requesting mail vote to be counted separately from the rest of the votes.
With this request, we want to ensure that Club’s members and fans, can be truly confident that the mail vote will be as transparent and trustworthy as the traditional process. We need to remember that mail vote will be used for the first time in Barça’s history. More than 22,000 members have requested to vote by mail, so we think that it is essential, for the democratic future of the Club, to use this system and to know how good it was this first time.
In our letter, we requested the Electoral Board that mail vote to be counted separately from the rest of the votes, and also, that the Club informes that separate count to members and public opinion. We made this request for two main reasons. The first, to detect opportunities for improvement: it is important to know the total number of votes by mail received, and compare it with the number of requests. From that, members would know if the process worked or not. The second reason is, transparency, plain and simple: these elections are a great opportunity to demonstrate transparency in the Club, a value that has lost relevance in recent years. For the future of the Club, it is essential to return members to trust in its internal processes. Trust is only achieved with more transparency.
Last week, Barça has already leaket to the press, that they wouldn’t count mail vote separately. Even if they still have this intention, we do believe transparency in this process is essential for the future. We need to leave strange things behind us. So the Club must make all efforts to make this new voting system to be trustworthy. Therefore, we ask FC barcelona, to make everything in their power to avoid any suspicions. Separate mail vote count will be part of that.
You can read our letter to the Club by clicking here (English soon)
We also have sent the Club more proposals to allow more polling stations, and make easier for members to vote, #MultiseusFCB. Here you can read all about it. We will keep insisting on it as well, even after receiven a negative response from the Club. We still do not understand their reply, as we just asked to use the same distribution of stations that the last board proposed to Catalonia’s Health Department, who gave their approval.
Platform Més Que un Llaç and El Cor Blaugrana, unite today in the name of freedom of speech and democracy. We are committed to our purpose of reconnecting FC Barcelona with their essence. So we demand artist Pablo Hasél to be released from prison. We believe in the Club’s motto, ‘Mes que un club’. We know what it means and where it comes from. The defense of freedom and democracy must once more be a priority for our Club.
This is the time to turn words into facts, and confront this exemple of antidemocratic repression. This is the time to defend Pablo Hásel and also, to be truthful to the club’s history. In XXI century, being imprisoned over coments on social media should not be allowed.
While the team was playing a game against PSG, Barcelona streets were fuming for this case. And there was nothing in our stadium, that indicates support to freedom of speech. People love and connect with Barça because actions that differentiate the club from the rest. We demand not to lose any more chances to tell this difference to the world.
We believe our club should demonstrate its commitment with society and democracy. They have to say something in favour of freedom of speech and ask for Hásel’s to be freed. Therefore, we demand FC Barcelona to make a public support to the artist and the cause of freedom speech.
You can read our interpretation of ‘Més que un Club’ here.
A dia d’avui fem aquest comunicat per recordar al barcelonisme qui som a Cor Blaugrana i quin és el camí que seguim. La nostra idea segueix sent la mateixa: lluitar per la transparència, bona praxi i respecte al soci del Futbol Club Barcelona. Per nosaltres és molt important que també els aficionats se sentin inclosos com a part del club.
Today we make this statement to remind culers about who we are at Cor Blaugrana, and what our purpose is. Our idea remains the same: we fight for transparency, good practices and respect for members at FC Barcelona. For us, it is very important that fans also feel as they are part of the club.
We don’t take any specific side in all the different ideas out there to rebuild our Club. We welcome all sensibilities and points of view related with Cruyffism, Barça and the Club’s impact in Catalonia. Within our group there are people with different ideas for the upcomming presidential elections, as well as origins. There are people from the traditional district of Les Corts, close to the stadium, culers from other continents or others from the same neighborhood where our founder Hans Gamper lived.
Som probablement el grup de socis més jove que hi ha i tenim moltes ganes de seguir aportant com hem fet des del principi. Vam sorgir per fer la Més que una Moció, empoderant el soci, i seguim proposant iniciatives, com ho és la #MultiseusFCB i la campanya #MessiOneClubMan. Encara en tenim més, amb una propera que comunicarem pròximament, però creiem que cadascuna té el seu moment i el seu context.
We are probably the youngest group of members out there and we are looking forward to continue contributing to the Club, as we have done from our beginning last year. We emerged to do the motion of no confidence, on which we empowered members to save their Club. We continue working for the Club’s well being with initiatives such as #MultiseusFCB and the campaign for Messi to stay, #MessiOneClubMan. There are more initiatives on the making, which we will tell you all about soon.
We know it is hard to navigate through this election process, as this election campaign is long and sometimes, not constructive. At Cor Blaugrana, as we mentioned before, we remain completely neutral in this process. As a grup with a cross-cutting approach, we believe that our function is not to give support to a candidacy, but to give voice to members. We area always open to receive any comment, ideas from them and Barça fans. We welcome everyone to contact us and tell us what you would like to discuss.
We think that now is time for members and fans to imagine what the Club we want for the upcomming years, so we can evaluate proposals accordingly. We believe we always need to have in mind the importance of rebuilding our Club, so that it can become once again, the best Club in the world. Therefore, we would like to remember that the motion of no confidence was put in place not with elections in mind, but to save Barça, as a last resource. It is necessary to acknowledge all participants in it in the same way, whatever their contribution was. Tots units fem força.
At Cor Blaugrana we are a group of action, and an extremely executive group. One of the things we are most proud of, is that we are very open about the initiatives we do. All the information about them, you can find it in our website corblaugrana.cat.
We produce all this documentation by ourselves (therefore, it is protected by Copyright), with no other inspiration than Barça. We want to make our own way as a groups, and would like you to join us!.
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