If the scandal of the departure of Josep Maria Bartomeu by the famous barçagate had generated a commotion of proportions in Spain and in world football, the investigations of the Spanish Mossos (the local police) into the management of the former president of the Catalan club are even stronger. It is that conversations were revealed between the exmandamás culé and his main collaborators in which they met a special discomfort with the heavyweights of the squad. But the strongest of these revelations are the chats in which they disqualify Lionel Messithey insult him and reproach themselves for alleged blackmail from Rosario.
The details of the investigation by the Mossos d’Esquadra, which were published by elperiódico.com show that one of the most aggressive in his expressions towards footballers, especially towards Messi, is Roman Gomez Ponti, who at that time was the head of legal services in Barcelona. In the screenshots of the WhatsApp chats, which also included Òscar Grau, who was CEO of the club and managers such as Jordi Moix, Oriol Tomàs and David Bellver, the financial director Pancho Schroder and Javier Sobrino, director of Strategy and Innovation , you can read the insults for the Argentine.
This talk was given on January 31, 2021, when the newspaper The world published Messi’s contract. All the leaders of Barcelona were very upset by this leak. But Gómez Ponti was very aggressive with Messi, not only does he disrespect the man from Rosario, but he also assures that the Argentine captain asked Bartomeu, in the midst of a pandemic, not to lower his salary and not to lower his salary or Luis Suárez.
“Barto, really, you can’t be such a good person with this sewer rat. The club has given him everything and he has dedicated himself to marking a dictatorship of signings, transfers, renewals, patros (sponsors) just for him, etc. I will never be able to do it, but Pinto, the renewal of Suárez, and that of Jordi Alba, or the renewal commission for Fati (Rodrigo Messi, agent? But if he doesn’t even know how to read and On top of that, he had a drug dealer as a partner). And above all the accumulation of blackmail and rudeness that the club and those of us who work have suffered from this hormonal dwarf who owes Barça his life… ah! But when things go wrong (pandemic) you receive the mythical WhatsApp: ‘President, lower the salaries of others, but don’t touch Luis and me’. Hopefully it marches between the indifference of the people, which is the worst thing that can happen to him (one more pesetero) ”.
In the exchanges of messages from this group, Grau is the first to affirm all of Gómez Ponti’s sayings, then Bartomeu joins, who also added the phrase: “I agree on many things, but first there is Barça and these things make him damage to the image of the club, this type of article hurts us”.
In all the chats that were revealed by elperiódico.comthe former leaders of Barcelona point to Joan Laporta as the man who leaked the contracts of the soccer players, since the current president of the Catalan team was in the middle of the electoral campaign.
However, in the same Spanish media they publish details of the investigation in which they say that on March 22, 2020, the former head of Barça’s legal counsel, Román Gómez Ponti, sent a long email to Bartomeu, with a copy to Òscar Grau, in which he states that in order to reduce the wage bill, “radical measures” must be taken, such as the dismissal of players. But in that email, he also adds that “it wouldn’t be a bad idea to publish the million-dollar contracts of the first team so that people can publicly repudiate them.”
Gómez Ponti’s idea of publicizing the contracts of the players in the middle of the pandemic was also accompanied by very strong expressions: “The club must face, under your leadership, the drastic reduction in the salary mass of the first soccer team, and even more so after the unpresentable, despicable and disgusting attitude of a staff of spoiled and insensitive millionaires who have refused to agree with the club on the minimum measures to ensure our economic viability, regardless of the suffering of the people”.
Bartomeu filed a formal appeal before Barcelona Examining Court number 13 in which he requests that a report from the Mossos d’Esquadra on the ‘Barçagate’ investigation be withdrawn. Bartomeu, through his lawyer, José María Fuster-Fabra, argues that the report provided by the Mossos and that today appears in various media, has nothing to do with the investigation that is being carried out for the monitoring of the networks social.
Is that in elperiodico.com They tell details of the conversations and Bartomeu admitted in them: “Many times we have listened to Leo, not always, but many times, and this contract without a pandemic was totally acceptable. It represents 15% of the budget and it was correct considering everything he generates”.
Gómez Ponti’s attacks were not only for Messi, since the former leader also insulted Gerard Piqué, since the former defender, after the setback in Lisbon against Bayern Munich (2-8), assured that in Barcelona changes were needed in all the estates. Gómez Ponti’s fury was directed against Piqué: “You need to have few scruples and be a huge hiccup of a whore.” And in those talks Sergio Busquets also received criticism and was in the crosshairs: “Some players should be fired, especially those who have no market and cannot be transferred (Busquets can be an excellent example) to fire them with minimal compensation and forget that they have passed through the club for being unsupportive”.