Laporta does not want links with ‘Barçagate’ and fires Òscar Grau

Bartomeu, De Jong and Óscar Grau, at the signing of the midfielder for Barcelona.

Barcelona have fired their CEO, Òscar Grau, who had held the position since 2016, after being appointed by then-president Josep Maria Bartomeu. Grau, one of the historic players in the handball section and CEO of the Barça entity in 2018-2019, when he recorded a record income of 990 million, was the last of those charged by Barçagate -the case of social networks hired from the club and being investigated by the police – which remained on the club’s payroll after the departure of the presidential advisor Jaume Masferrer, the head of legal services Roman Gómez Pontí and the resignation of Bartomeu.

Figures such as Albert Soler (head of the professional sections), Nacho Rodríguez (basketball), Pere Jansa (social area) and Xavier de las Moras, head of security, have also been removed from the club, who has been replaced by Ferran López, former head of the Mossos d’Esquadra. The organization chart designed by President Joan Laporta has as its strong core Ferran Reverter, CEO of Media Markt and Grau’s replacement; Mateo Alemany, football director, and José Ramon Alexanco, who will be in charge of grassroots football and La Masia.

The arrival of Alexanco will mean the departure of Patrick Kluivert waiting for Jordi Cruyff to join the technical structure that has Ramon Planas as its visible head. Ronald Koeman, for his part, has a contract for one more season and no one from the club has questioned or confirmed his continuity at the moment since he participates in the planning of the next season, still pending the decision of Leo Messi.

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