FC Barcelona Economic president, John Boix confirmed to Catalan newspaper El Mundo Deportivo that intelligence was gathered by the club about the four vice-presidents (John Boix, Joan Franquesa, Rafael Yuste and Jaume Ferrer) and admits that he was angry and had a bitter conversation with the instigator of the safety audit, General Director, Joan Oliver.
Boix told COM Radio that though the conversation was heated, the Director General gave his explanation and at least for him, the case is closed.
The Economic vice president claimed to have learned about the espionage in the month of April, and was angry as it has “reopened wounds” and damages his reputation when this news came into public light. He also says that “at no time” has Oliver persuaded him to resign because his explanations and conduct in the board has been exemplary.
The espionage action has no historical precedent but common sense prevailed for the sake of the stability of the club. He could not predict what would have happened had this controversy surfaced in April when the club was fighting for the three titles.
The Director stressed that the information released was blown out of proportion. Both Sporting vice-president, Rafael Yuste and Marketing vice-president Jaume Ferrer said they had been given an explanation and that the issue is already closed for them. Yuste was admittedly surprised when he first learned about investigation but after being offered an explanation by Oliver, he understood and accepted his arguments.