Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu and the membership’s complete board have resigned from their positions with quick impact.
Bartomeu introduced the choice at a press convention on Tuesday night on the Nou Camp, following a board assembly in Catalonia on Monday after the 3-1 El Clasico defeat to Real Madrid.
Bartomeu stated on Monday that quitting the membership had “by no means crossed my thoughts”, so it represents a exceptional change of occasions.
The stress from supporters in direction of Bartomeu intensified this summer time when Lionel Messi threatened to leave the club.
Despite staying, Messi accused Bartomeu of mendacity to him and criticised the membership for not having a mission.
Bartomeu’s seven-year time period was coming to an finish in March 2021 however a censure movement was being introduced towards him by membership members on November 1.
A complete of 16,500 supporters had signed a movement to have Bartomeu faraway from his place with a vote because of be held by 154,000 members. Greater than 66.6 per cent of the vote would have ousted the 57-year-old.
A poor begin to the season for Barcelona, who misplaced out to Actual by 5 factors on the high of La Liga final season, has pressured his hand. Saturday’s defeat noticed them path their rivals by six factors.
Saturday’s end result adopted criticism from Gerard Pique, who criticised the dealing with of Messi’s contract scenario.
The defender stated: “I ask myself: How can it’s that the all time participant to have performed the sport, who we’ve been fortunate sufficient to get pleasure from, wakes up sooner or later and sends a Burofax (recorded supply mail) as a result of he appears like he is not being listened to?
“It is all too confrontational. What is going on on? Messi deserves the whole lot; the brand new stadium ought to be named after him first after which the sponsor. We must always protect our figureheads, not underappreciate them. It actually will get to me.”
Pique’s criticism was the final of a collection of controversies in 2020. Barcelona have additionally had three managers this calendar yr; Ernesto Valverde and Quique Setien had been adopted by present boss Ronald Koeman. Former sporting director Eric Abidal additionally left the membership in August.
The announcement comes on the eve of Barcelona’s Champions League fixture with Juventus in Turin.
Bartomeu reveals European Tremendous League settlement
The outgoing Barcelona president additionally revealed at his press convention that the membership had agreed to take part in a future European Tremendous League.
Final week, Sky Information’ Mark Kleinman revealed that plans for a European Premier League were under way, with Manchester United and Liverpool driving talks.
Sky Information realized that financiers are assembling a $6 billion (£4.6 billion) funding bundle to help the creation of what might develop into often called the European Premier League.
Greater than a dozen groups from England, France, Germany, Italy and Spain are in negotiations about changing into founder members of the competitors.
“I can announce extraordinary information…” Bartomeu added. “Yesterday we accepted the requirement to take part in a future European Tremendous League that may assure the financial sustainability of the membership. Right this moment we’ve accepted the brand new format of the Membership World Cup.”
Ronaldo to overlook Messi reunion
Cristiano Ronaldo will miss a hotly-anticipated reunion with Lionel Messi after one other optimistic Covid-19 take a look at dominated him out of Juventus’ Champions League match towards Barcelona on Wednesday.
Ronaldo has been self-isolating since he examined optimistic whereas on worldwide obligation with Portugal on October 13.
He returned one other optimistic end result final week, however underwent additional testing in a bid to show his health forward of Juventus’ blockbuster tie towards Barcelona.
However Sky Italy confirmed Ronaldo failed to check unfavourable 24 hours forward of kick-off, as required by UEFA to be able to play.
The 35-year-old’s potential reunion with rival Messi was the standout fixture when the Champions League teams had been drawn.