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Spain: 'Barca has never hired any services to discredit anyone' – club president Bartomeu

Spain, Barcelona
February 18, 2020 at 22:54 GMT +00:00 · Published

President of Barcelona Josep Maria Bartomeu categorically denied the allegations the Catalan football club had paid for a social media smear campaign reportedly to protect the manager’s reputation. The remarks came in an award ceremony in Barcelona on Tuesday.

"Barca has never hired any services to discredit anyone… we will defend it wherever, by all means in our hands, and in front of everyone who accuses us of this kind of practice," announced Bartomeu in the 14th Manuel Vazquez Montalban International Journalism Prize ceremony.

Barca’s president, however, acknowledged the fact that a social media account related to the club had made an inappropriate comment relating to figures within the club.

"This morning we gave instructions, and I gave it personally, to cancel the contract with this company," said Bartomeu referring to I3 Ventures, a company hired by Barcelona in 2017.

Bartomeu’s remarks came after a Spanish radio station accused the Spanish club of hiring a social media firm to smear the reputation of players and other figures within the company.

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President of Barcelona Josep Maria Bartomeu categorically denied the allegations the Catalan football club had paid for a social media smear campaign reportedly to protect the manager’s reputation. The remarks came in an award ceremony in Barcelona on Tuesday.

"Barca has never hired any services to discredit anyone… we will defend it wherever, by all means in our hands, and in front of everyone who accuses us of this kind of practice," announced Bartomeu in the 14th Manuel Vazquez Montalban International Journalism Prize ceremony.

Barca’s president, however, acknowledged the fact that a social media account related to the club had made an inappropriate comment relating to figures within the club.

"This morning we gave instructions, and I gave it personally, to cancel the contract with this company," said Bartomeu referring to I3 Ventures, a company hired by Barcelona in 2017.

Bartomeu’s remarks came after a Spanish radio station accused the Spanish club of hiring a social media firm to smear the reputation of players and other figures within the company.

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