Monday, October 12, 2009

Barcagate (8) - The Ferrer report

Catalan newspaper El Periódico last Friday made public the content of the security audits (produced by a detective agency) on Barcelona vice-presidents Joan Boix, Joan Franquesa, Rafael Yuste and Jaume Ferrer.

This would prove that the audits weren't ordered by the club to protect the four vice-presidents, but to spy on them ahead of next year's elections. The reports would namely contain not one reference to the protection or the safety of the directors.

Below you find a summary of the audit report regarding Barcelona marketing vice-president Jaume Ferrer.

In the report there's a reference to the director's friendship with Josep Pujol Ferrusola, the son of former Catalan president Jordi Pujol, which is considered to be enough proof to state that Ferrer "has political and business ties" with the Pujol family. The report also points out that the vice-president had to start from scratch but that he now has "a considerable personal estate".

It is mentioned that Ferrer "is sued for criminal conversion and corporate offense in a case in which his former father-in-law - and owner of the company involved - accuses him of unfair competition by taking away clients and know how". The detective agency warns that the oral hearings didn't yet take place and that they are expected in the coming months, which could draw the attention of the press.

The report contains an extensive interview - Catalan newspaper La Vanguardia claims that it's three pages long - with the ex-father-in-law, who talked with people from the agency and told them he might inform Sandro Rosell and Ferran Soriano, two other presidential candidates, about the case.

The paper reports that Ferrer now claims that the dispute has in the meantime already been solved. Catalan sports paper El Mundo Deportivo, that reports that the conclusions of the Ferrer report counts only 15 lines, claims that the case has already been filed by a judge and that an appeal is now still hanging at the Supreme Court, that would be handling the last formalities before filing the case definitely because it's not based on real events.

this is the eigth of ten parts on the case. the next part will cover the key moment in the revealing of the story. you can read the whole series here.

Read the previous parts of this series:
Barçagate (1) - El Periodico breaks the news
Barçagate (2) - Emergency press conference
Barçagate (3) - New revelations in the press
Barcagate (4) - Laporta speaks about spying claims
Barcagate (5) - The vice-presidents talk (part 1)
Barcagate (6) - The vice-presidents talk (part 2)
Barcagate (7) - Content of audit reports made public


  1. note:

    i wanted to give a concrete example of the nature of the audit reports and i chose to focus on ferrer here since he is (was?) the most likely presidential candidate of the four investigated vice-presidents (check this report). we might have something on one of the others if that becomes relevant later on.

  2. This explains why Laporta doesn't want Ferrer to be his successor.

  3. I think you can find something like this on every candidate actually. And he's not even convicted, seems more like a family dispute taken to court. I'm sure the fight between Laporta and his former (well, don't know if the divorce is final yet) father-in-law is a bit worse...

    And Laporta didn't want Ferrer beforehand, that's why he orderded the thing in the first place.

  4. pep, what are your opinions regarding Sandro Rosell?

  5. - It really smells bad, damn you Laporta. Why dont you just finish your period as a president with the satisfaction you can get from all what the team achieved in that past few years. You had nothing to do with it but yet you can still earn yourself the credit. Just stop fooling around!

    - Well if I will be in Laporta place and have to recomend a president for the following 6 years, I would do the same resourcing about the options before considering whom to trust to guide the team after me.

    Pick the reaction that suits you.

    Omar, do you really expect that Pep will give you his clear opinion about this? For real? You dont know this guy, do you? ;)

  6. Discreet as I am and neutral as I want to be, Omar...

    So far, I don't have much of an opinion anyway (although I can admit that I would vote for Oleguer if he would run!) and in general we should probably wait for the programs and the names to come out. I will try to give the information, so then people can make up their mind.

    But a little series on Rosell coming up soon!