Barcelona threaten legal action against ex-VP over corruption allegation

Barcelona have denied an allegation by former vice president Emili Rousaud that a club executive misappropriated funds from a recent deal with a social media service, the club said in a statement Friday.

Rousaud, along with five other board members, resigned Thursday because of a rift with Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu over the club’s election process and the handling of a scandal in February.

Barcelona are accused of hiring a firm, I3 Venture, to smear current and former players and potential presidential candidates, according to Richard Martin of Reuters. The club also denied those claims.

A day after leaving his post, Rousaud said the value of the contract with I3 was inflated and that someone took money out of the club, according to Luis F. Rojo of Marca.

“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,” the club said in a statement.

There’s an ongoing independent investigation into the handling of the social media accounts.

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