What is happening at Barcelona?
Failed promise over Neymar transfer, allegations that the club hired agents to defame players, players accused by club of sacking coach, players accused by board of not taking wage deductions and now six board members have resigned.
The situation took a turn for the worse after six members resigned and former club vice-president accused a certain board member of ‘robbing’ the club.
“I don’t know who it could’ve been, but I think so,” said Rousaud.
“When you pay a million euros for something that’s worth 100,000 euros, white and in a bottle.
“I don’t know who it was, but one can have an idea.”
The “million euros” refers to the the money president Josep Maria Bartomeu spent on social media.
“He broke up the payment in order to avoid control of the commission,” Rousaud said.
“Now there’s an investigation that will say how it all went. Bartomeu knows that.
“The social media matter is a dirty one.”
“I think someone has had their hand in the till, but I don’t know who.
“Although I don’t think it’s someone on the board.”
Barcelona has now responded and seem to be gearing for a legal battle – a situation one would only avert to if things are actually there to be hidden.
“Given the serious and unfounded accusations made this morning by Mr. Emili Rousaud, former institutional vice president of the Club, in various interviews with the media, FC Barcelona categorically denies any action that could be classified as corruption, and therefore reserves the right to filing of criminal actions that may correspond,” read the statement.
“In this sense, the analysis of the monitoring services of social networks is being subject to an extensive independent audit by PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PWC), which is still ongoing and, therefore, without any conclusions, having facilitated the Club all the information and means that PWC has been requesting since the beginning of the process.
“Finally, the resignations of members of the Board of Directors announced in the last few hours have taken place as a result of the remodelling of the Board promoted by President Josep Maria Bartomeu this week, and which will be completed in the coming days.
“This remodelling of the Board of Directors aims to face with the maximum guarantees the last section of the mandate, with the aim of implementing the necessary measures to prepare the future of the Club, overcoming the consequences of the health crisis that we are experiencing, and of completing the actions of the management program started in 2010 and the Strategic Plan approved in 2015.”