After Lionel Messi's online row with director Eric Abidal, now the club's president has been forced to admit to the media that the club is not involved in any unethical social media practices, something that has made their talisman Messi say he is 'seeing weird things' happening at the club.
Recently a local radio station claimed that the LaLiga champions hired a social media firm to criticize key figures associated with the Catalonia side in a bid to protect president Josep Maria Bartomeu’s reputation.
It was suggested I3 Ventures had been hired to publish stories that damaged the image of several players and ex-players after they had criticized Bartomeu.
This forced the Bartomeu to come out saying that it is not true.
Now Messi, in an interview with Catalan sports publication Mundo Deportivo, has commented on this, saying that he will wait to see if there is any truth in the accusations after Bartomeu’s statement.
“I was a little surprised because I was not present, I was traveling,” Messi said.
“When I arrived, I discovered it all bit by bit. The president told us the same things he said in public, the same things he said at a press conference: what was the situation, what had happened. And I cannot say more.
“The truth is that I see weird things happening. But it was also said that there would be evidence. We will have to wait to see if it is true or not. We can’t say much and we have to wait and see what happens. Frankly, the subject seems strange to me.”
The Catalonia side is still in the Champions League with a tie against Napoli coming next week, and they are still well on to win the LaLiga, as they sit 2nd, just a point from Real Madrid at the top.