Emili Rousaud says “someone has had their hand in the till” at Barcelona after resigning as the club’s vice-president on Thursday.
After days of rumors concerning a boardroom shake up by president Josep Maria Bartomeu it has emerged that Rousaud has resigned from his position along with five others.
Enrique Tombas, Silvio Elias, Maria Teixidor, Josep Pont and Jordi Clasamigli have also quit the club and have sent a letter explaining why to Bartomeu.
Rousaud, who has already said he feels “betrayed” by Bartomeu, has now given his thoughts on the current situation at the club.
He gave an interview to RAC1 where he was asking if someone had a hand in club funds.
“Sincerely, I think so. Who was it? I don’t think it was someone from the board. I don’t know who it was, but I can speculate.
“When you pay a million euros for something worth 100,000 euros, that could bring benefit to someone inside or outside the club. I don’t think it’s someone on the board but if there’s a discrepancy then it means someone is benefiting in an illicit way.
“With ‘SocialMediaGate’, we have three problems. The first is understanding whether the social media networks are being used to destroy others’ reputations – I don’t think that is the case.
“Secondly, is the €3 million paid for those services market price? And third, it’s unquestionable that the payments have been made in stages [to circumvent the board]. The issue is the fragmentation of the invoices. After the audit, we couldn’t look the other way.
“The president’s offer to step down came when the report was about the drop. It’s suspicious. The president knows what he puts in the audit and that’s one of the factors that concerns us.”
Pretty strong words from Rousaud and it will be interesting to see what kind of response his comments get from Barcelona and Bartomeu.