Josep Bartomeu, the president of FC Barcelona, officially resigned this Tuesday evening. Under fire from critics, he was targeted by a motion of censure. No doubt he wished to escape it.
Thunderclap at the headquarters of Barça. Aimed by a motion of censure, the current president of FC Barcelona Josep Bartomeu presented his resignation to the board of directors of the club this Tuesday.
The president leaves the club along with all his collaborators. Josep Bartomeu and the board of directors were caught up in a storm that has lasted since the beginning of the year 2020, which has redoubled in intensity after the management of the aborted departure of Lionel Messi, which will have done much harm to Josep Bartomeu mandate.
A heavily indebted club
Even the day before, Bartomeu assured that he never intended to resign, arguing that “it would be the worst time to give up Barça”. It is true that the Catalan club, although it has begun its rebuilding on a sporting leve, l with the arrival of a new coach, who will have arrived with new ideas, and the firm intention of applying them, is also heavily in debt.
The pandemic is heavily affecting the economic health of Barça, which has revised its projected budget 2020-2021 downwards.
The now ex-president Josep Bartomeu ruled on Monday that he had “no reason” to resign, not even because of the Messi affair. It seems that he has found one, finally.
Until now, the Catalan regional government had refused to vote in favor of a postponement of the vote related to the motion of censure, scheduled for November 1 and 2, despite the insistent demands of the Barça leaders, the Covid-19 pandemic and the state of health emergency decreed until May 2021 in Spain.
Josep Bartomeu was invested as president of Barça after Sandro Rosell resigned in 2014. One year later, the Catalan club had achieved the greatest feat of his tenure with a hat-trick, the second in the history of the club, after the victory in the Champions League final of the team then led by Luis Enrique. The last few months have been a long descent into hell for Josep Maria Bartomeu.