Radio station SER Catalunya says Lionel Messi and Gerard Pique were two of the players criticised by the social media accounts

Barcelona have denied hiring a firm to produce disparaging social media posts aimed at its own players such as Lionel Messi and Gerard Pique.

A radio station claim Barcelona wanted to protect the reputation of president Josep Maria Bartomeu and damage the image of those who disagreed with him.

SER Catalunya said the club worked with a company “that creates opinion” on social media accounts to achieve that.

But Barcelona say they “roundly deny any relationship” with the accounts.

“The club demands an immediate rectification of the information published and reserves the right to exercise legal action against those who continue to implicate the club in such practices,” a statement added.

According to a podcast show on SER Catalunya