Barcelona have confirmed Josep Maria Bartomeu has QUIT his function as president and has left the Nou Camp membership, alongside along with his complete board of administrators.
The information was initially reported throughout the Spanish media, with the membership making it official and the chief saying his departure in a press convention afterward Tuesday night.
Bartomeu has been in control of the Spanish giants since 2014, however has confronted rising strain to go away following public criticism from Barca icon Lionel Messi and a bunch of different gamers over his management.
It’s claimed the 57-year-old has determined to resign from his publish earlier than a vote of no confidence could possibly be forged to kick him out.
Spanish outlet Sport report quite a lot of the administrators on the board have additionally adopted Bartomeu out of the membership following an pressing assembly simply three days after Barcelona misplaced 3-1 at dwelling to Actual Madrid.
Bartomeu was notably broken by his dealing with of the Messi saga this summer time, which just about triggered the six-time Ballon d’Or winner to stop his boyhood membership after 20 years.
Whereas Bartomeu has been calling the photographs at Barcelona for years, the membership is supporter-owned and it’s claimed followers got here collectively and bought the required variety of signatures to provoke a no-confidence vote.
However the chief has determined to go away of his personal accord, relatively than be compelled out.
“I seem to announce my resignation and that of my board of administrators,” Bartomeu mentioned on Tuesday night.
“It’s a considerate, calm resolution I’ve taken in session with my colleagues.
“After the elimination within the Champions League it might have been simple to resign. We couldn’t depart the membership within the fingers of a supervisor.
“We’ve got been disrespected. They’ve insulted and threatened me, my household and the opposite board members.
“It has been an honour to serve my membership. At present we resign with out having accomplished financial measures in progress, I hope that within the subsequent few days the wage adjustment may be closed. If it’s not completed, there might be severe penalties for the way forward for the membership.
“I recognise that rebuilding the group ought to have been completed a yr in the past.
“I hope that point will spotlight the property of the final ten years, such because the 22 titles received by the soccer group.”