Emili Rousaud is ready to go to legal war with Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu, with the recently resigned ex-vice president of the opinion that “corruption is evident” within Camp Nou and that the club's recent response to his initial claims was merely an attempt to taint his personal honour.
Rousaud, along with five other board officials, recently stepped down in protest of how Barca is being run at the highest level.
The resignations followed in the wake of, among other things, a social media scandal – 'BarcaGate' – in which is was alleged that Bartomeu had hired a company to improve his image during the final year of his presidency through disparaging high-profile figures associated with the Blaugrana.
Following that, Rousaud went on to claim that someone “had their hands” in the club's treasury, alleging that services were being paid for at a price well higher than market value and allowing intermediaries to pocket the difference.
An ongoing external audit should prove whether that is the case, with Goal of the understanding that said report could be made public within the next two weeks after initially having been delayed by the coronavirus pandemic.
In the interim, Rousaud is preparing himself for the upcoming legal battle, still insistent that illicit payments have been made in small instalments so as to circumvent the required approval from those higher up the club's hierarchy.
In a statement given to Mundo Deportivo, Rousaud said:
"For the sole purpose of responding to the announcement made by the FC Barcelona spokesperson about filing a criminal complaint against me for the statements made regarding the so-called 'BarcaGate' case, I want to state the following: