Josep Maria Bartomeu was arrested on Monday as part of an investigation into the ‘Barcagate’ scandal at Camp Nou, and Pep Guardiola has described the situation as “uncomfortable.”
Bartomeu, the 58-year-old ex-Barca chief, was provisionally released on Tuesday after spending Monday in jail for invoking his right not to testify.
Along with Bartomeu, three other people are believed to have been arrested: the club’s CEO, Oscar Grau, a former advisor to the presidency, Jaume Masferrer, and the club’s head legal counsel, Roman Gomez Ponti.
At his press conference, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola said, “It’s an awkward situation, but I hope it will end well.” “Until the court proves he is guilty, he is still innocent.”
Guardiola also mentioned that he has high expectations for his former club as Joan Laporta, Victor Font, and Toni Freixa compete for the club’s presidency in the March 7 election.
“The only thing that worries me is that we’ll have a new president in a week,” he said. “Barcelona is in a tough situation, but the new man must have the confidence to lead in the coming years.” The best club in the world can be led by as many people as possible.
“I’m confident they’ll bounce back even stronger. The new president must lead with courage and rally the supporters, as this is what will make the club what it is. I’m excited about the election, and I’m hoping that the president will do well.”
Guardiola, who joined Barcelona as a young player in 1984, is widely regarded as one of the best-ever players and managers in the club’s history.
He stayed with Barca until 2001, winning five league titles in the process.
In 2007, Guardiola returned to manage Barcelona B before taking over as manager of the senior team a year later.
Barcelona had an unrivaled period of dominance during Guardiola’s tenure, winning the treble of La Liga, Copa del Rey, and Champions League in his first season.