Barcelona have formally issued a statement confirming their financial agreement with Qatar Sports Investment was audited by Deloitte.
The Catalan club have been accused of not legally agreeing a contract between themselves and QST, who were the club’s main investors during the period of December 2010 to June 2017.
However, they have been quick to respond to such claims by releasing a statement, which read on their official website this afternoon:
‘1) The contract anticipated income for the Club a total of 171 million euros, with the following breakdown:
2010/11 – 15 million
2011/12 – 26 million
2012/13 – 29 million
2013/14 – 30.5 million
2014/15 – 37 million (5 million includes variables for the Champions League)
2015/16 – 33.5 million
2) Obviously the club has corresponding proof of income, those worth 171 million euros.
3) This agreement did not entail any cost in respect of intermediation.
5) audit reports every season are included in the official reports of the Company, which are available to members on the club website.
6) I will express to the Board, the Club this afternoon delivered a copy of the contract and proof of income to the Judicial Police of Barcelona, as a sign of maximum transparency and collaboration.
Made these clarifications, FC Barcelona appeals to the responsibility and reserves its right to take legal action against slander or false accusations about the honor of managing the club.’
Barca released their new home kit for next season shortly after their Copa del Rey win over Alaves last month, which sees Qatar Airways removed and replaced by Japanese online shopping site, Rakuten.