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Barcelona lose $100M as gross debts mount to $716M

New Barcelona club president Sandro Rosell is seeking to restore the Spanish champions' ailing finances.
New Barcelona club president Sandro Rosell is seeking to restore the Spanish champions' ailing finances.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Spanish champions Barcvelona lost $100 million last season according to new audit
  • Outgoing board had said the club had made a profit of $14 million for the same period
  • Financial vice-president Javier Faus says previous accounts did not show true picture
  • Real Madrid let young defender Marcos Alonso join English club Bolton

(CNN) -- Barcelona's money problems are worse than expected, according to the Spanish champions' financial vice-president Javier Faus.

A new audit by accounting firm Deloitte revealed that the Catalan giants actually made a loss of €77.1 million ($100 million) for the 2009-10 season, Faus said in a statement on the Barca website on Tuesday.

The previous board had announced the club was €11 million ($14 million) in profit up to the end of last month, when president Joan Laporta stood down to be replaced by Sandro Rosell.

"The accounts submitted on June 30 do not reflect the true picture of the club," Faus said.

There is a structural problem. The sporting excellence in the last few years has not been reflected in economic excellence
--Javier Faus
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Deloitte's audit showed that income had been overstated by $47 million and expenses understated by $61 million.

With an $89 million operating loss, Deloitte also found $14 million in further financial expenses to be countered by $3.9 million after-tax profits.

Net debt has risen to $573 million from $427 million a year ago, while gross debt is now $716 million.

Barcelona had to take a loan of $200 million after struggling to pay player wages last month, and -- after signing Spain striker David Villa for $50 million -- sold defender Dymtro Chygrynskiy to Shakhtar Donetsk and let high earner Thierry Henry join New York Red Bulls.

"There is a structural problem. The sporting excellence in the last few years has not been reflected in economic excellence. The new board's goal is to bring economic excellence alongside sporting excellence," Faus said.

Part of the problems lay in the bankruptcy of broadcaster Mediapro, with Barca claiming the club is owed $49 million by new rights-holder Sogecable.

Meanwhile, Spanish rivals Real Madrid have allowed highly-rated young fullback Marcos Alonso to join English club Bolton.

The left-back, 19, has agreed a three-year contract, having made only one first-team appearance as a substitute in April after coming through the youth ranks.

He follows veteran stars Raul and Guti in departing the Bernabeu this week.