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Barcelona have denied what the membership describes as “serious and unfounded accusations” of corruption after a former vice-president claimed somebody “had put their hands in the till”.
Emili Rousaud was one among six board members to resign on Thursday evening as Barca proceed to be embroiled in political disaster underneath their present president Josep Maria Bartomeu.
All six resigning board members referred to as for the 2021 presidential elections to be introduced ahead in a joint letter printed on Friday by the newspaper La Vanguardia.
In an interview with Spanish radio station Cadena Ser, Rousaud mentioned the social media controversy that rocked the membership in February, when Barcelona have been accused of hiring an organization referred to as I3 Ventures to discredit opponents of Bartomeu on-line, together with gamers like Lionel Messi and Gerard Pique.
“If the auditors tell us the cost of these services is 100,000 euros and we have paid one million, it means someone has put their hand in the till. I have no evidence and I cannot say who,” Rousaud instructed the programme RAC1 on Friday.
Barcelona responded with an official assertion that learn: “In the light of the serious and unfounded accusations made this morning by Emili Rousaud, ex-vice president of the club, in different interviews with the media, FC Barcelona categorically denies any activity that can be described as corruption and therefore reserves the right to any legal action that may correspond.”
Bartomeu terminated the membership’s contract with I3 Ventures in February. He stated the corporate had been employed solely to observe posts on social media and introduced an inside audit to research any irregularity.
“The analysis of the monitoring services of social networks is being subjected to an independent audit by PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PWC), which is still ongoing and, therefore, without any conclusions,” Barcelona‘s assertion added.
Rousaud had been appointed as a membership vice-president in January and was seen as a number one candidate to succeed Bartomeu, who can’t stand once more when the presidential elections come spherical subsequent 12 months.
As a substitute, Rousaud has stop, citing frustrations with the membership’s administration, together with fellow vice-president Enrique Tombas, in addition to administrators Silvio Elias, Josep Pont, Jordi Calsamiglia and Maria Teixidor.
Bartomeu has overseen a string of political spats in latest months being performed out in public, with Messi additionally concerned.
Messi reacted angrily in January to Eric Abidal, the membership’s technical secretary, suggesting the gamers have been accountable for the sacking of Ernesto Valverde and final month, the Argentinian criticised the membership’s dealing with of negotiations with the squad over pay cuts.
These remaining swiftly addressed the resignations from the board. “The resignations of the members of the board of directors announced over the last few hours have come about due to a reorganisation of the board put forward by president Josep Maria Bartomeu and which will be completed in the next few days,” the assertion added.