By Pete Jenson for MailOnline
Published: 23:33 BST, 3 September 2020 | Updated: 23:41 BST, 3 September 2020
Lionel Messi continued to delay a final decision on his future as the Barcelona board were thrown into turmoil on Thursday night by accusations of corruption.
Spanish outlet El Mundo reported in its Friday edition that the Catalan police force have filed a report to the judge investigating Barcelona’s hiring of social media consultancy L3 Ventures company to monitor its online presence - and concluded ‘possible economic crimes’.
The allegation, according to El Mundo, is that Barcelona paid up to 600 per cent above the going rate for the services of L3 Ventures who were employed to monitor Barcelona’s social media.
Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu and his board have been accused of corruption
Lionel Messi delayed a decision on his future after the accusations came to light on Thursday
The investigating judge will have to decide whether or not to act on the report and could ask Barcelona directors to testify.
Controversy around Barcelona’s link to L3 Ventures emerged in February when Cadena Ser reported that the company hired to monitor social media were linked to a series of social media accounts that ran negative stories about club figures who were in potential opposition to