Barcelona have threatened legal action against former vice-president Emili Rousaud after he gave an interview and said he thinks “someone has had their hand in the till” at the Camp Nou.
Rousand spoke to RAC1 after it had emerged he was one of six board members to quit their position at the club on Thursday.
Enrique Tombas, Silvio Elias, Maria Teixidor, Josep Pont and Jordi Clasamigli have also stepped down. Their reported resignation letter spoke of, among other things, their “disillusion over the unfortunate social media episode, known as ‘Barcagate’, of which we found out through the press.”
Rousand subsequently gave his interview to RAC 1, and his strong words have brought a swift response from the Catalan giants.
“In the light of the serious and unfounded accusations made this morning by Mr. Emili Rousaud, ex institutional vice president at the Club, in different interviews with the media, FC Barcelona categorically denies any activity that can be described as corruption, therefore, reserves the right to any legal action that may correspond.
“As such, the anaylis of the monitoring service for social networks is currently the subject of a wide-ranging independent report by PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PWC) which is still being carried out and as a result is yet to reach any conclusions and with the Club having provided all the relevant information requested by PWC since the start of the process.
“Finally, 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.
“This reorganisation of the Board of Directors is an attempt to face the challenge of the final phase of the mandate in the best way possible with the objective being the implementation of the necessary measures to prepare for the Club’s future, overcoming the consequences of the public health crisis which is currently upon us and to bring to a conclusion the management programme began in 2010 and the Strategic Plan approved in 2015.”
Source | FC Barcelona
The statement follows another chaotic week off the pitch for Barcelona which has highlighted once again the tensions behind the scenes at the Camp Nou.