THE FORMER PRESIDENT DENIES IRREGULARITIES
Bartomeu defends himself against the accusations about his renewals
Published:10/09/2022 - 18:06h
Updated:10/09/2022 - 18:09h
Josep Maria Bartomeu has denied the position assumed by the current Barça board by pointing out alleged evidence of criminality in their renewals. The former director maintains that such contracts were duly investigated
During the past market of summer, the FC Barcelona found in search of a solution for the case of Frenkie of Jong. The plans of the directive went through to sell him to another club, reaching monetary agreements with Chelsea and the Manchester United, but always topándose with the refusal of the Dutch, the one who finally kept in the Catalan entity. The another exit was a discount salarial.
However, to attain this second option, the directive would have studied the possibility to leave without effect the agreement of renewal signed between the club and the midfield player under the presidency of Josep Maria Bartomeu, signalling that this document could finish being cancelled in front of the present irregularities in several of his conditions salariales that had like end adapt his situation to the context of a sanitary crisis.
The words of Bartomeu
After knowing these informations, the ex-president has offered his version for 'France Football', magazine that carries out a report on the economy of the Barça. In his statements has left clear that there are not valid arguments to catalog these renewals like fraudulent: "Surprisingly, independent professionals and of good reputation like Ernst & Young, or Deloitte, that made a 'due dilligence' in depth in September of 2021, or the agency Kroll, that made an investigation detailed in December of 2021, did not detect any irregularity in the agreement of Of Jong or of any another player. Neither the legal services of the club and LaLiga".
These measures consisted in a cut of 12% in the index cards of Frenkie of Jong, Gerard Hammered, Marc-André Ter Stegen and Clément Lenglet: "Had the means to extend the agreements of players during my mandate, but the situation changed under the terrible hit and unexpected of the pandemia. We imposed in March of 2020 a cut salarial of 12% to all the professional athletes, with the end to reduce costs".
Later, it was necessary to agree another reduction salarial: "Afterwards, during the season 2020-21, proposed a second cut salarial, in return of an extension of agreement that would allow to recover his once happened conditions the pandemia. Some footballers accessed to do it (...). In June of 2020, approve income by 1.047 millions —a record— but, with the pandemia, These finally rose to 782 million euros, that is to say, 265 less than the expected