Gerard Pique criticises former Barca president Josep Bartoemu as defender slams his ‘lies’ during tumultuous period last season – admitting he ‘came out like an idiot to defend him’
- Josep Bartomeu was replaced as Barcelona president during last year’s elections
- He oversaw a mishandling of finances and Lionel Messi’s final season at the club
- Gerard Pique defended Bartomeu at the time but has now slammed the ex-chief
- Pique says Bartomeu’s ‘lies’ about the Barcagate scandal made him look an idiot
Gerard Pique has slammed former Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu over ‘lies’ which concluded his period in charge of the club.
Bartomeu was replaced as Barca chief by Joan Laporta during elections last year, after overseeing a period of financial difficulty at the Nou Camp which consequently led to Lionel Messi’s departure.
He was also involved in the Barcagate scandal, when the club hired a PR company to manage the club’s reputation and allegedly did no favours to the reputation of senior players such as Pique and Messi.
Gerard Pique (R) has slammed former Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu (L) over ‘lies’
Having defended him at the time, the 2010 World Cup winner has now publicly criticised the former club chief.
‘He is a person whose insecurities, or the desire to keep everyone happy, means he doesn’t know how to say no,’ Pique said, as reported by Marca.
‘Not knowing how to deal with the problems. The last times we didn’t see him at the Cuidad Deportiva. Why am I cross with Bortomeu? When he lied to my face with Barcagate. The club hired services to criticise the players.
Bartomeu oversaw a mishandling of finances and Lionel Messi’s final season at the club
‘He tells Leo and me to our faces that he didn’t know anything. We tell him that we accept that he didn’t know anything, and that we hoped he would take the appropriate measures.
‘And then I find out that he did. That he lied to my face about such a serious incident… at least he shows his face and asks for forgiveness.
‘I came out like an idiot to defend him.’