Recently, the Barcelona football club officially rejected the rumor that President Josep Maria Bartomeu hired a media company to speak ill of a series of their players on social networks, including the digital star. 1 Lionel Messi.
Specifically on the program “ T’hi Jugues ”, which was broadcast on Monday (February 17), SER Catalunya said that Barca spent more than $ 1 million on I3 Venture to implement this plan. I3’s mission is to create a series of fake accounts on Facebook and Twitter to attack, put things on Messi, midfielder Gerard Pique and a number of other former club players such as midfielder Xavi Hernández or team defender. Chief Carles Puyol.
SER Catalunya station confirmed that Barca intentionally created a series of virtual social networking accounts to slander Messi, Pique and some other players.
SER Catalunya also said it was an action to take down players who have publicly criticized and confronted incumbent chairman Bartomeu, and also helped him face anyone who intends to “betray” in future.
However, immediately Barca’s home page immediately rejected this information, and confirmed that I3 Venture is just a network provider for the club. In addition, it confirmed that the company had no involvement with the fake accounts mentioned above, including Alter Sports, Sports Leaks and Justicia y Dialogo en el Deporte.
The article on the Barca homepage states: “We are pleased to confirm that the Barcelona club does not have any contact with the social media accounts that specialize in giving negative news about individuals and organizations related to us. I3 Venture, a network provider for the club, is not involved in these accounts. We will continue to investigate the case, and if we detect any abnormalities, we will immediately cut the contract with them and be ready to deal with the law.”.
The Barcelona club insisted they did not intentionally create a media drama this time.
In addition, Barca also admitted it has cooperated with many media companies to help manage the operation of the club’s social networking sites. However, the club insists they only want to update and analyze all information about the team more easily, but do not intend to criticize any specific individual at all. In addition, the Barca representative also asked SER Catalyuna to correct the information they broadcast, otherwise it would have to resort to legal intervention.
As if to ease the severe media crisis this time, Barca’s official Twitter account shortly afterwards published a series of articles praising Lionel Messi and his years of dedication to the team. First, they listed a series of Argentine superstars’ contributions to Barca in this year’s La Liga season, without hesitation to assign the GOAT nickname to him (Greatest of All Time – The Greatest Player of All Time). Dai).
Barca’s official Twitter lists Messi’s goals and assists in this season.
After that, they went on to celebrate Messi’s ‘unbelievable’ 2019, and congratulated him for being honored at the last Laureus World Sports Awards. movie field). Up to the present time, Barca has published a total of 8 articles praising its number 1 star.
Prior to that, Messi was the one who made Barcelona to the media when publicly criticizing sports director Eric Abidal, and also his former teammate in the period 2007 – 2013. Abidal has on social media and hinted that some Barca players are constantly pressuring management to demand the dismissal of coach Ernesto Valverde. Finally, the Spanish strategist had to leave in January after two years with the Cataluyna club.
Abidal’s criticism is said to be directed at Messi himself – the most influential person in Barca’s dressing room at the moment. This made the Argentinian super player extremely angry and asked Abidal “to be good, just face the names of those who have made Valverde fired, not hint at the back like that”.
Two former teammates in the colors of Barca, Messi and Abidal, have caused the press to spend a lot of ink because of the verbal screenings on social networks in recent times.
Conflict between the two former teammates has made the Spanish football world a tumultuous one week, dragging the news that Messi will leave the team right this summer. In the end, President Bartomeu personally had to mediate so Barca could focus on entering the extremely important period of the season, when they would have to fight hard in both La Liga and the Champions League.
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