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BARCELONA, Spain (AP) – Former Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu was temporarily released on Tuesday after appearing in court after appearing in court overnight to investigate possible irregularities during his administration.

Court officials said Bartomeu, a former adviser at the Spanish club, had exercised his right not to comment.

Bartomeu, Masferrer երկու Two other club officials were arrested on Monday after Catalan police stormed Barcelona’s headquarters in a search and seizure of Barsagate last year. refers to the then President Bartomeu և others.

The arrests took place a week before the club’s presidential election, adding to the recent turmoil in the team.

Barcelona, ​​who also struggled on the pitch, could lose Lionel Messi at the end of this year’s contract, leading the interim board after Bartomeu and his board resigned in October with a no-confidence vote.

The Spanish power plant owes more than 1.1 billion euros ($ 1.3 billion), largely due to the coronavirus epidemic.

Authorities say the arrests were made while investigating “alleged property and socio-economic crimes.”

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