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Spain: Josep Maria Bartomeu unexpectedly resigns as president of FC Barcelona
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Spain: Josep Maria Bartomeu unexpectedly resigns as president of FC Barcelona

Spain, Barcelona
October 27, 2020 at 22:49 GMT +00:00 · Published

President of FC Barcelona, Josep Maria Bartomeu, announced his resignation as president of the club during a press conference in Barcelona, on Tuesday.

"The most obvious sign that we have no intention of holding on to power is that we called the elections in March. On the first date allowed by the statutes. Because we believed that this could help to pacify the environment, facilitate the work of the teams and make possible an orderly transition with the new board emerging from the polls," said Bartomeu.

The entire board of directors that accompanied him will also resign. The Management Committee will lead the club until the elections in March 2021.

FC Barcelona sank into a deep crisis after a devastating 8-2 loss to Bayern Munich in the quarterfinals of the UEFA Champions League 2019-20.

Bartomeu recalled the defeat saying, "After the Champions League defeat, the easiest thing was to leave. The easiest thing was to resign. But from the day after that painful defeat, decisions had to be taken, that could not be postponed, which were fundamental to guarantee the future and the immediate sustainability of the club."

Dissident members of the club had asked for a vote of no confidence against the board of directors headed by Bartomeu. The president of FC Barcelona appealed to the Catalan government to prevent the vote from taking place due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, the Catalan authorities rejected the request of the now ex-president of the club.

Before the start of the season, Bartomeu's figure was the subject of a heated debate with Leonel Messi, which included an attempt by the Argentinean star to leave the team. Finally, Messi remained with FC Barcelona, claiming that he was doing so because he did not want to engage in a legal battle with the club to get out.

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President of FC Barcelona, Josep Maria Bartomeu, announced his resignation as president of the club during a press conference in Barcelona, on Tuesday.

"The most obvious sign that we have no intention of holding on to power is that we called the elections in March. On the first date allowed by the statutes. Because we believed that this could help to pacify the environment, facilitate the work of the teams and make possible an orderly transition with the new board emerging from the polls," said Bartomeu.

The entire board of directors that accompanied him will also resign. The Management Committee will lead the club until the elections in March 2021.

FC Barcelona sank into a deep crisis after a devastating 8-2 loss to Bayern Munich in the quarterfinals of the UEFA Champions League 2019-20.

Bartomeu recalled the defeat saying, "After the Champions League defeat, the easiest thing was to leave. The easiest thing was to resign. But from the day after that painful defeat, decisions had to be taken, that could not be postponed, which were fundamental to guarantee the future and the immediate sustainability of the club."

Dissident members of the club had asked for a vote of no confidence against the board of directors headed by Bartomeu. The president of FC Barcelona appealed to the Catalan government to prevent the vote from taking place due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, the Catalan authorities rejected the request of the now ex-president of the club.

Before the start of the season, Bartomeu's figure was the subject of a heated debate with Leonel Messi, which included an attempt by the Argentinean star to leave the team. Finally, Messi remained with FC Barcelona, claiming that he was doing so because he did not want to engage in a legal battle with the club to get out.

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