Josep Maria Bartomeu is among those who have been arrested on Monday morning as the Catalan police force raided club offices, say reports.
According to Football Espana, it is in connection to the case which has become known as ‘Barçagate’ – in which the club hired a third company to defame their rivals, both inside and outside the club, in the media.
Catalan police force Mossos raided the club’s facilities on Monday morning and they have confirmed that arrests have been made in relation to the case but have not disclosed who has been among those to be detained.
Bartomeu has not been involved with the Catalan giants since he and his board resigned from their posts in October last year, triggering a new set of presidential elections, and he is said to have been arrested at his home this morning.
CEO Oscar Grau, head of legal Roman Gomez Ponti and Jaume Masferrer – the former right-hand man of Bartomeu – are also reported to have been among those arrested by the police.
The ‘Barçagate’ story emerged in relation to reported documents that were said to show the inner workings and financial transactions of the club, which caused a stir in the Spanish media.
Timo Werner has admitted his guilt over Frank Lampard getting the Chelsea sack.
Werner, 24, scored once and provided three assists in 19 matches – a miserable return that contributed to Lampard’s sacking last month.
And he revealed he feels ‘guilty’ over club legend Lampard getting the axe as Chelsea prepare to take on Manchester United today.
The £47.5million forward said: “When you come here to play as a striker and be the man to score the goals, of course I felt a little bit guilty that I missed so many chances.
“For the club, for the old manager but also for me because I want to score all the time and as much as I possibly can.
“Of course, if I’d scored four or five more goals maybe the old manager would still be here because we’d maybe have won two or three games more but you can’t look too much into the past because there are too many games ahead of us. The past was like this and of course I feel a little bit guilty, but in football you have to go on.
AC Milan manager Stefano Pioli and fans have hailed Fikayo Tomori after the Chelsea loanee posted another stunning performance in the Serie A club’s defence in the win over over AS Roma by 2-1.
Pioli was, however, not surprised by Fikayo Tomori’s performance in the win over Roma, relishing ‘a game with high tempo and intensity, the kind we like to play.’
The Rossoneri had gone into this game as underdogs following recent poor results and against the only side that was still unbeaten at home in Serie A this season.
The coach made a surprise decision for this huge game, leaving captain Alessio Romagnoli on the bench in favour of Fikayo Tomori.
“I expected this performance, because Tomori played a derby a couple of days after joining us, so he’s been at this level from the start. I still believe it’s the collective that allows the individual to perform and all together we won a very important match.”
The club’s fans also took to Twitter to expressed their impressoion about Tomori: