Barcelona president Bartomeu resigns after Messi row

Tanya Simon
October 28, 2020

Barcelona's entire board of directors - including embattled club president Josep Bartomeu - has resigned with immediate effect, the club announced on Tuesday.

Bartomeu made the announcement on Tuesday in a speech confirming he and Barca's board of directors are resigning.

More than 20,000 supporters signed a petition this month for him to be removed as president after growing increasingly upset with his management of the club. Messi said the boss had been dishonest in his dealings with him by reneging on a promise that he could leave whenever he wished.

Messi said he felt deceived by Bartomeu following his failed summer move.

But in his final press conference as a member of staff, he dropped the huge news that the club would be involved in a potential super league in the future.

Bartomeu, 57, did not reveal any details of the proposed Super League nor what it would mean for domestic competitions like Spain's La Liga.

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The unrelenting pressure on Bartomeu and Co. only grew following the club's sluggish start to the new season under his hand-picked manager, Ronald Koeman.

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Bartomeu, previously a leading figure for Barca's handball and basketball section and then vice-president of sports, was first elected president in 2014 after predecessor Sandro Rosell resigned as legal proceedings were opened into allegations of misappropriated funds relating to Neymar's transfer a year earlier.

Bartomeu is due to step down in March, having served the maximum two terms as club president.

"The easiest thing after the Champions (League defeat) was to resign, but one had to take decisions amid an unprecedented global crisis", he said, adding that later on, in the wake of the Messi spat, he could not let the club be run by external, temporary figures. We have also approved the format of the new Club World Cup.

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