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The board of directors of FC Barcelona, ​​which met online this Monday, informed its conclusion that will take “criminal action” against businessman Emili Rousaud, who a week ago was institutional vice president, and who after his resignation raised suspicions that someone in the Catalan club “could have reached into the box.”

“FC Barcelona cannot tolerate accusations that seriously harm the image of the institution. The criminal action that will be filed is in defense of the reputation of the club and its workers. Furthermore, these demonstrations were carried out knowing of the existence of an audit ongoing that must put an end to this issue, “says the statement from the club.

Rousaud was one of the six managers who submitted the resignation (Emili Rousaud, Enrique Tombas, Silvio Elías, Josep Pont, Maria Teixidor and Jordi Calsamiglia), after President Josep Maria Bartomeu invited four of them to leave the board because the president understood that they were not in tune with the majority idea of ​​the collective .

The meeting served to remodel the functions and positions on the board, although after the telematic meeting no names of new additions were given.

“The Board of Directors categorically denies any action that may be classified as corruption”

“In view of the serious and unfounded accusations made by Mr. Emili Rousaud, former institutional vice president of the club, in various interviews with the media, the Board of Directors categorically denies any action that could be classified as corruption and, consequently, it has agreed to file the corresponding criminal action, “the statement said.

The ‘Barçagate’, the origin of the hurricane

The conflict has its origin in the ‘Barçagate‘, a case in which it was revealed in the media that the club had hired a company (I3 Ventures) to offer a positive version of the board’s action on social networks, but that, in the absence of the audit, the Barcelona would have paid the service at an off-market price, as indicated by information published last Sunday by the SPORT newspaper.