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Josep Maria Bartomeu intends to resist as it is and to exhaust his mandate as president of the Barcelona Football Club . That is to say, he should still have a little more than a year before leaving the poltrona. However, the executives who accompany him, many of them aware of the erosion they may suffer if they intend to be part of the government team that leaves the next elections, try to move away from that end-of-path environment.
The crisis caused by the hiring by the Barca club of a big data consultancy, I3 Ventures, which, according to the Cadena Ser, used six Facebook accounts in which football players were criticized for the current squad of the first team (Messi or Piqué), in addition to emblems such as Pep Guardiola or Xavi Hernández or opponents such as Víctor Font or Joan Laporta, has caused great discomfort in a good part of the board members.
In the directive, even in the highest ranks, the concrete work of I3 Ventures was unknown, beyond the "monitoring" work admitted by Bartomeu himself. At the meeting of the board scheduled for this Friday, several executives will ask for responsibilities - beyond the termination of the contract with the company - especially the executives responsible for negotiating the terms of an agreement that, from the Barcelona management team, see full of shadows. Especially, for the high price paid in exchange for jobs that, according to industry sources, have little value.
Cadena Ser, specifically, explained that payments to Carlos Ibáñez's company were made through six invoices that never exceeded 200,000 euros . Whenever a payment is less than that amount, the invoice does not have to go through the delegated shift commission. Something that at the time already missed some of the members of these commissions.
Assembly in March
They understand in the directive of Barcelona that the moment is most sensitive. Above all, because the Barça club plans to convene for the next month of March an extraordinary assembly of committees in which the new financing of the 'Espai Barça' will be put to the vote after the construction costs have skyrocketed . It is the crown jewel of the current government and the legacy that Bartomeu dreams of.
The distrust is also maximum in the dressing room of Barcelona . The president, who had to calm Leo Messi two weeks ago after Eric Abidal, technical secretary of the entity, accused the players of being responsible for the dismissal of Ernesto Valverde, had to go on Tuesday afternoon to the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper. Abidal was waiting for him there, but also Guillermo Amor, director of institutional relations for the Barça club. Bartomeu, as he did a few hours before the media, announced the termination of the contract with I3 Ventures and unlinked all those fake account messages to the club that, in addition to targeting members of the booth, came to mock the wife of Leo Messi, Antonella Roccuzzo.
The Rosario striker, who wants to continue in Barcelona despite the fact that this summer he is free to disconnect from the club, is tired of being involved in controversies that do not compete.
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