Barcelona Set To Drag Former Vice-President To Court

FC Barcelona has vowed to take criminal action against Emili Rousaud, the former vice-president who last week accused the Spanish La Liga football club of corruption connected to a partnership with digital consultancy company i3 Ventures.

Rousaud last week hit the headlines, questioning the nature of the relationship after becoming one of six board members to resign in protest at the way the club is being run.

The so-called “Barca-gate” scandal has developed after Barcelona allegedly paid a third party – i3 Ventures – to set up social media accounts which defended president Josep Maria Bartomeu and smeared some players, potential presidents, and club legends.

The club and i3 Ventures have strongly denied the accusations while consultants PricewaterhouseCoopers have been hired to look into the claims.

Rousaud claimed in multiple interviews that almost €1m ($1.1m) was paid for a service that at normal market rates should have cost 10 per cent of that figure.

Monday’s meeting also reshaped Barcelona’s board of directors following last week’s mass resignations.

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 At the proposal of Bartomeu, the board has approved the appointment of Jordi Moix, as vice-president for economic and equity; Pau Vilanova, as institutional vice-president; Oriol Tomàs, as vice-president of the commercial area; Marta Plana, as secretary of the board of directors; and David Bellver, as treasurer.

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