The board management of Barcelona recently found themselves in controversy after reports emerged that they had allegedly paid a “reputation management company” called I3 Ventures to attack their so called enemies on social media.
As per Barca Blaugranes, the club's board paid the company to attack the likes of superstars, Lionel Messi and Gerard Pique. This revelations has led to major controversy in footballing circles with many calling the incident as #BarçaGate.
What exactly did I3 Ventures do?
The company reportedly managed six pages on Facebook, but used two in particular to attack certain people - with the pages being Alter Sports and Justicia y Diálogo en el Deporte. The former is in English and deals more with humour based posts based on memes and jokes, while the latter is in Spanish and uses a more serious tone.
Examples of FB Troll Posts:
(Thread) Screenshots and links to the controversial posts by I3 which Barcelona reportedly paid for.— Luis Mazariegos (@luism8989) February 18, 2020
This one against Xavi:
"The face you make when the Barça train leaves you behind for being a smart ass" (referring to Xavi turning down coaching Barcelona) pic.twitter.com/oaXcFB7g3Q
Alter Sports, put this post out attacking the legendary Xavi, stating: "The face you make when the Barça train leaves you behind for being a smart ass," putting a sad face of the player over it and referring to his decision to turn down the managerial post offered to him recently.
This is alleging that Messi exchanged "his silence" of not renewing with FC Barcelona right away so that Jaume Roures (businessman) would fund his theme park in China. Rouras is doing that to "destabilize the board." pic.twitter.com/5R9urTaUuk— Luis Mazariegos (@luism8989) February 18, 2020
A second one from the same page is seen attacking their greatest ever player, Messi and seems to accuse him of destabilizing the board and the club by refusing to agree on a contract renewal with them, all in exchange for money to fund a theme park in China from businessman Jaume Roures.
Justicia for their part took a dig at one of it's longest serving players in Pique, with a post hitting out at his new ventures - claiming that he is compromising his political vision in search of success.