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Barcelona President, Bartomeu, Other Board Members Resign

Barcelona President, Josep Maria Bartomeu, has resigned along with his board of directors.

Their resignation followed increasing fan pressure and a public fall-out with the club’s captain, Lionel Messi.

Bartomeu announced the decision at a press conference on Tuesday evening at the Nou Camp, following a board meeting in Catalonia on Monday after the 3-1 El Clasico defeat to Real Madrid.

“I want to communicate my resignation along with the rest of the board,” said Bartomeu in a official announcement,” he said.

“It’s a composed and relaxed decision, agreed with all my fellow directors.”

Bartomeu, who became club president in 2014, was set to receive a vote of no confidence as fans tried to remove him.

Josep Maria Bartomeu

He fell out with Messi after the Argentina striker handed in a transfer request in August.

Barça won four La Liga titles and the Champions League in 2015 under Bartomeu’s leadership.

He had been criticised due to worsening finances and the team’s decline on the pitch, which saw them lift no major silverware last season.

At Tuesday’s press conference, he disclosed that he had accepted a proposal for the club to play in “a future European Super League”.

The announcement comes on the eve of Barcelona’s Champions League fixture with Juventus in Turin.


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