Josep Maria Bartomeu resigns as Barcelona President with the entire board stepping down from their posts.
Bartomeu’s began to think of resignation after a lot of criticism in Barcelona’s 8 – 2 loss against Bayern Munich Champions League elimination and also Lionel Messi’s decision to leave the club shortly.
The president had been due to officially end his tenure next year with elections called for March, but the club’s members called for a vote of no confidence in an effort to get Bartomeu out immediately.
A total of 20,687 votes were gathered for the motion against Bartomeu, passing the threshold of 16,250 signatures required for the vote to go ahead.
The Barca board consequently tried to postpone the voting process, but on Monday, local authorities rejected the club’s decision to delay the processing.
The vote was planned to proceed in the coming weeks, but will no longer be pivotal as Bartomeu and the boards steps down.
Bartomeu originally joined Barca during Joan Laporta’s presidency and ascended to that role himself in January 2014.
He replaced Sandro Rosell, becoming the 40th President of Barcelona as he signed on to complete the rest of Rosell’s tenure following his resignation.
During his time in charge, Barca won laliga four times as well as the 2014-15 Champions League, but his time in charge will largely be defined by the club’s failings in his final seasons.
Having struggled to find value in the transfer market since Neymar’s departure to join Paris saint- German, Barca finished the 2019-20 season without trophy.