Ronald Koeman is disappointed by Ex-President Josep Maria Bartomeu’s actions in light of the ‘Barcagate Scandal’ and the Spanish CEO’s arrest.
The former Netherlands international has expressed his deep regret for his old boss and his actions. In an interview on March 2nd, 2021, Ronald Koeman said, “The actions of Bartomeu do not present a good image for Barcelona as a club.”
Ronald Koeman met the ex-Spanish President after he was appointed as Barcelona’s manager on August 19th, 2020. He served under the Spaniard for a few months before ‘Nobita’ resigned from Barcelona and made a public statement before his departure on October 27th, 2020.
Bartomeu had been under investigation for social media fraud following his involvement in the ‘Barcagate’ scandal. On March 2nd, 2021, he was arrested by the police and questioned about his involvement in the charges placed upon him. Consequently, he was released hours after his arrest.
However, the Spaniard had company when he was called in for inquiry. Barcelona CEO Oscar Grau shared blame with the fifty-eight-year-old former President for their actions that degraded Barcelona players’ reputations Gerard Pique and Lionel Messi.
The fifty-seven-year-old Barcelona manager has shown his discontent for Grau as well.
Ronald Koeman waits for a conclusion to the investigation as Barcelona prepare for the Presidential election and the second leg Copa Del Rey tie
Though Tintin is upset with the arrest of his former boss former, he has revealed to the media that he knows the Spanish entrepreneur personally and expressed his surprise and shock at the thought of Bartomeu doing something like this.
Subsequently, in an interview, Ronald Koeman said, “The news devastated me. I know Bartomeu really well, and I think he is an exceptional person.”
Nevertheless, Floquet de Neu has forced himself to be unfazed by the investigations against his employers. In an interview, he stated, “We (himself included) have to be patient and wait for the investigation to be concluded. I was not present when the investigation against them commenced. So I do not have much of an opinion on it.”
Barcelona will be conducting an election to elect a new President on March 7th, 2021. Through that, they will want to cement the club’s shaky foundations.
Furthermore, Tintin will face a significant crisis in Sevilla in the form of the Copa Del Rey second leg on March 3rd, 2021. The first leg of the contest concluded with Barcelona losing to Sevilla by two goals to none. Koeman considers a comeback in the tournament a priority for the Blaugrana. The second leg was away at PSG in the second leg of the Champions League last-16 on March 11th, 2021.
Therefore, the former Netherlands international cannot waste him showing concern for others when his job is at risk.
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