Barcelona facing fresh crisis as six board members resign in protest

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Catalan club hit back after the sextet, consisting of 2 vice-presidents, resign.

Barcelona have actually ended up being swallowed up in a crisis after six board members, consisting of 2 vice-presidents, resigned in protest at how the club is being run.

A joint letter signed by the sextet, which was released by Spanish paper La Vanguardia on Thursday night, makes clear their discontentment with president Josep Maria Bartomeu

Emili Rousaud and Enrique Tombas— 2 of the club’s 4 vice-presidents– have actually stepped down from their posts, as have directors Silvio Elias, Josep Pont, Jordi Calsamiglia and Maria Teixidor.

Barcelona’s handling of ‘Barcagate’ has actually been criticised (Nick Potts/PA)

The six state they feel they are not able to sway how the club will be run in the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic and have actually required fresh governmental elections.

The letter stated: “We thus wish to interact that the undersigned supervisors have actually moved to president Bartomeu our decision to irrevocably resign from our position as supervisors of FC Barcelona.

“We have reached this point by not being able to reverse the criteria and forms of management of the club in the face of the important challenges of the future and, especially, from the new post-pandemic scenario.”

The six likewise revealed their discontentment with how Barcelona dealt with claims in February that a business was employed to post unfavorable messages about the club’s players on social media in a quote to secure Bartomeu’s reputation.

Bartomeu branded the allegations of dishonest practices “completely false”.

FC Barcelona declaration https://t.co/70Vcg4Lyrs

— FC Barcelona (from) (@FCBarcelona) April 10, 2020

The letter continued: “We need to likewise highlight our disenchantment with the regrettable episode on social media networks, understood as ‘Barcagate’, which we learnt more about through journalism.

“As a last service to our club, we recommend that as soon as circumstances allow it, to call new elections that allow, with all the ‘authorities’, to manage the club in the best possible way in the face of the important challenges of the most immediate future.”

Since of a board reshuffle tendered by Bartomeu,

Barcelona reacted on Friday afternoon in a declaration which states the departures have actually happened.

A declaration from the LaLiga club stated: “The resignations of the members of the board of directors revealed over the last couple of hours have actually happened due to a reorganisation of the board advanced by president Josep Maria Bartomeu and which will be finished in the next couple of days.

“This reorganisation of the board of directors is an attempt to face the challenge of the final phase of the mandate in the best way possible with the objective being the implementation of the necessary measures to prepare for the club’s future, overcoming the consequences of the public health crisis which is currently upon us and to bring to a conclusion the management programme.”

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