A group claiming to be part of the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) briefly hijacked three official Twitter accounts belonging to the popular Spanish football team FC Barcelonalast night.

During the hack, the SEA, an infamous group of hackers that supports embattled Syrian President Bashar Al Assad, criticized Barca’s sponsorship agreement with Qatar, repeatedly tweeting:


“Dear FC Barcelona management, don’t let the Qatari money funds you, it’s full of blood and kill (sic).”


Combined, the three Barca accounts have more than 20 million Twitter followers. The Spanish and Catalonian-language Twitter handles were only taken over for about 10 minutes, while it the English-language account took a bit longer to recover, Goal.comreports.

The attack comes a day after Qatar Airways flew its first airplane – a Boeing 777 –adorned in Barca colors to Doha. The team has been sporting the national carrier’s logo on its jerseys since August, as part of a five-year sponsorship agreement with Qatar Sports Investment.

Previously, Qatar Foundation was the team’s main global sponsor.

Last fall, during the transfer of sponsorship, Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker told journalists that the airline “would be displaying Barca at all the world’s major airports.”

FC Barcelona is expected to receive some $45 million a season to sport Qatar Airways’ logo through 2016…. see more

source: dohanews