Several people were arrested by Spanish police on Monday as part of an investigation into FC Barcelona.
It comes shortly after officers entered Barcelona”s stadium in a search and seize operation.
Spanish media said the operation was related to last year’s “Barçagate,” in which club officials were accused of launching a smear campaign against current and former players who were critical of the club and then-president Josep Maria Bartomeu.
Bartomeu and his board of directors resigned last year amid fallout from the controversy surrounding Lionel Messi. The club has been mired in political turmoil and debt prompted by the coronavirus pandemic.
Police in Catalonia confirmed the arrests to AFP but declined to reveal who was detained. According to local media, Bartomeu is among those arrested.
The operation comes less than a week before presidential elections are to be held at the club.