Under pressure Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has resigned after a public fall-out with Lionel Messi. He also revealed he had accepted proposals for the club to join a European Super League.
Notably, Bartemou’s entire board also stepped down from their posts.
President Josep Maria Bartomeu announces the resignation of the FC Barcelona Board of Directors. pic.twitter.com/Xr9pBoUzHM
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) October 27, 2020
Bartomeu’s decision comes after several months of criticism in the wake of Barcelona’s 8-2 Champions League elimination to Bayern Munich, as well as Lionel Messi’s shock request to leave the club shortly after.
Also, his departure comes after over 20,000 supporters signed a petition calling for the president to go after becoming increasingly angry at the way the club is being run.
The president, who has been in his post since 2014, spoke at a press conference last night about the delay to the referendum and how they were waiting to hear back from the Catalan government.
The vote will no longer be needed now that Bartomeu and Co. have quit, but an election will have to be held to decide on a new president.
A number of candidates have already made it clear they want to replace Bartomeu including Victor Font, Joan Laporta and Jordi Farre.
Barcelona accept entry to potential European Super League : confirms Bartomeu
The controversial official says one of his final acts as Barca supremo was to approve the club’s inclusion in the new league Barcelona have accepted an invitation to join a proposed new European Super League, according to outgoing president Josep Maria Bartomeu.
Bartomeu made the announcement on Tuesday, with the outgoing official confirming the club’s want to participate in the competition – dubbed the European Premier League – in a speech confirming he and Barca’s board of directors are resigning .