Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu resigns after Lionel Messi row

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu resigns after Lionel Messi row

BARCELONA: Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu resigned from the membership on Tuesday forward of a vote of no confidence that was as a result of be held subsequent month after some 20,000 followers signed a petition demanding that he step down.

The remainder of the board of administrators additionally resigned.

“It`s a thought-out, serene, informed decision” to resign, Bartomeu mentioned in a televised speech.

Bartomeu, 57, has been going through rising resentment within the final 12 months as a result of membership’s worsening funds and the crew’s decline on the pitch, which got here to a head with their 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich within the Champions League quarter-finals in August.

He has been extensively criticised after talisman ahead Lionel Messi requested a switch following the Champions League humiliation and was going through a vote of no confidence from the membership`s `socios`.

He had tried to persuade the Catalan authorities to scrap the censure vote as a result of coronavirus pandemic however it might not budge.

Bartomeu known as the federal government`s determination irresponsible in his speech whereas thanking the membership and saying he couldn’t have resigned earlier.

“The easiest thing after the Champions (League defeat) was to resign, but one had to take decisions amid an unprecedented global crisis,” he mentioned, including that afterward, within the wake of the Messi spat, he couldn’t let the membership be run by exterior, short-term figures.

“Who would have ensured that Messi stayed? Who would have hired a new coach?” mentioned Bartomeu, who took over at Barcelona from Sandro Rosell in 2014.

Messi handed Barca an official discover in August of his want to terminate his contract earlier than finally deciding to remain for this season, the final on his present deal as a result of he didn’t need to face a authorized battle with the membership.

After rowing again on his determination to depart, the Argentine continued to assault Bartomeu in a September interview, when he described his stewardship of the membership as a “disaster”. He additionally criticised Barca for his or her therapy of Luis Suarez, who left the membership for Atletico Madrid.

On the pitch, Barca`s struggles have continued into the brand new marketing campaign after they ended final season trophyless.

Having appointed their former participant Ronald Koeman as a supervisor within the shut season, Barca have gained solely two of their opening 5 league video games and misplaced 3-1 at house to rivals Real Madrid on Saturday.

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