June 3, 2023

Barca accuses previous board of ‘serious criminal behaviour’

Barcelona’s past board, drove by previous president Josep Maria Bartomeu, showed “intense criminal conduct”, as indicated by an attorney recruited by the club.

At Tuesday’s show of the club’s “measurable report” on the monetary administration of Barca under Bartomeu, current president Joan Laporta additionally said “installments without cause, installments with a misleading reason or lopsided installments were found”.Barcelona’s report, completed by monetary examinations organization, Kroll, was started after the club’s overall chief, Ferran Reverter, declared the consequences of an interior review in October.

Reverter said the club was “actually bankrupt” when Laporta took over as president in March 2021, with the review uncovering complete club obligations of 1.35 billion euros ($1.52bn).

The introduction of the report was made in the workplaces outside Camp Nou on Tuesday morning by Laporta, Eduard Romeu, Barcelona’s monetary VP, and Jaume Campaner, a corporate attorney contracted to deal with the investigation.”It is tied in with moving data to the specialists that research violations and clasp down on this kind of conduct, which is intense criminal conduct.

“In the event that I needed to characterize everything in single word, it would be: traitorousness. Since it is cash from the individuals from FC Barcelona. That cash can’t be manhandled or offered as though it was yours.”

Campaner recorded various affirmed inconsistencies found in the report, including attorneys being paid 7 million euros ($7.9m) for the “assumed marking of a player”, commissions paid to specialists that were swelled from 5% to 33 percent, and an installment of 15 million euros ($16.9m) made to a club to get the primary refusal on youthful players, which Campaner said had “no premise in reality”.Bartomeu has shielded his experience as president, dismissing the figures introduced by the current board while putting misfortunes on the emergency brought about by the pandemic.

“Our administration was not kidding and capable,” Bartomeu said in a meeting with Barcelona paper Mundo Deportivo in October.Laporta said on Tuesday he was still “open to discourse” with Bartomeu. He said the club’s pay bill had been decreased by 159 million euros ($179m) under the current board.

Barcelona neglected to get an exit for Ousmane Dembele in the January move window, which shut on Monday night, with Dembele now ready to leave with the expectation of complimentary when his agreement lapses in June.

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