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Barca Break Silence On Club Raid & Ex-President's Arrest

After police raided the Camp Nou offices and reportedly arrested former FC Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu, the Catalan giants have released a statement on the situation.

Read: Police Raid Camp Nou, Bartomeu Arrested?

Earlier on Monday, reports in Spain stated that police are investigating the so-called "Barcagate" scandal after high-profile figures such as Lionel Messi, Gerard Pique, Xavi Hernandez and Pep Guardiola were targeted for a smear campaign by a social media company reportedly hired by Barcelona themselves.

With the company said to have been hired by Bartomeu, who resigned as president of the Blaugrana at the end of October 2020, the former chief is believed to have been arrested, along with a few others, on Monday.

Barca have since released a statement on the situation, saying they will support the police inquiry and the judicial process, and that those investigated will be seen as innocent until proven guilty.

"Before the entry and search by the Catalan Police force this morning at the Camp Nou offices under the instruction of the Instructing Court number 13 in Barcelona, which is in charge of the case relating to the contacting of monitoring services on social networks, FC Barcelona have offered up their full collaboration to the legal and police authorities to help make clear facts which are subject to investigation," he official statement read.

"The information and documentation requested by the judicial police force relate strictly to the facts relative to this case. 

"FC Barcelona express its great respect for the judicial process in place and for the principle of presumed innocence for the people affected within the remit of this investigation."

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