Barcelona civil war crisis deepens as Rousaud makes resounding claims

Barcelona’s resigned vice-president Emili Rousaud has doubled down on his allegations against Bartomeu and his reign.

Six Barcelona board members including Rousaud resigned last week after the board was stuck deep in boiling controversy which had been rising since last year. 

Their resignation was followed by Rousaud taking it to the media to reveal that there is corruption in the Barcelona board and somebody in the board was ‘robbing’ the club. Bartomeu had already been allegedly teaming up with a PR company to promote his image and downplay the image of any board member or player criticizing by using the club’s money.

Rousaud’s fiery comments were met with legal threats from Barcelona who have now decided to sue their former vice-president for defamation. Rousaud however, remains unaffected as despite the threat of a legal suit, he has once again gone out and called out the Bartomeu administration. 

He released a statement via Mundo Deportivo.

It read: “For the sole purpose of responding to the announcement made by the FC Barcelona spokesperson about filing a criminal complaint against me for the statements made regarding the so-called ‘BarcaGate’ case, I want to state the following:

“1. The existence of corruption within the club is evident in the fact that it has already been shown that contracts between related companies…

“2. The statements I made regarding this matter are absolutely true and demonstrable; the opinions that I have expressed are absolutely well-founded, which allows me to state that the announced complaint has no basis whatsoever.

“3. Unfortunately, when I made the club aware of these irregularities it became the cause of my resignation. However, it cannot be underestimated that there is a moral – and legal – obligation to publicly report irregular actions that may constitute crime.”

Tough times ahead for an unpopular Barcelona president who can wait till 2021 to call elections (where he cannot participate obviously) but is under increasing pressure from fans and media to do it sooner rather than later. An ugly end to an era where professionally, his presidency skillset brought nothing but failure (when compared to Barcelona standards and ideologies) to the club. 

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