Praveen Yadav | Jul 25, 2021 | 0
Barcelona Board Resigns
After the outrage o the fans after the speculation of Lionel Messi leaving the club, the Barcelona Presiden Josep Bartomeu was under the fire due to the club dealings and how players like Luis Suarez, Ivan Rakitic were sold. With the elections announced for March 2021 and Josep Bartomeu ending the debate of re-election by publicly denying he won’t be competing for 2021 elections. His departure comes after over 20,000 supporters signed a petition calling for the president to go after becoming increasingly angry at the way the club is being run.
The Barcelona president since 2014 has not always been under the wrath of Culers in fact it was under him that Players like Luis Suarez, Marc Andre Ter Stegen, Clement Lenglet and Frenkie De Jong were signed. The club also experienced the most successful period under Bartomeu with the Barcelona with four La Liga titles, four Copa Del Rey, two Supercopa de Espana, one Champions League, one Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup. However, the Board failed to recognize the La Masia Academy who gave Barcelona its legends in form of Iniesta, Xavi, Puyol, Messi and many more. In recent years only a few players were able to break into the first team like Ansu Fati, Carles Alena and Riqui Puig. The club who was more dependant on their own La Masia players were suddenly signing players as per requirements overlooking the fact that Barcelona unlike other football clubs played a lot different style of football.
The public fallout with Lionel Messi who openly criticized the way the Board looked for scapegoats every time there was a mess-up due to the handling of the club, with news related to players distress with coach, issue related to wage and potential transfers leaked regularly to cover up their own mess. On the way out of the Camp Nou, Bartomeu dropped one last bombshell. He said: “I can announce some extraordinary news,” said Bartomeu. “Yesterday we accepted a proposal to participate in a future European Super League, which would guarantee the future financial sustainability of the club. And we’ve accepted the future CWC [Club World Cup] format.” It’s not totally guaranteed as it would need to be voted on by club members but the fact it has the potential to improve the club’s poor economic state can’t be ignored.
It’s believed the current economic situation may well be the hardest the club has ever faced. It’s no surprise on several levels considering Barcelona is owned by supporters, and they have also failed to spend wisely in the transfer market. With failed signings of Dembele and Griezmann being the investment of more than €200 million in total, overseeing investments made on Arthur and Vidal.
Barcelona elected Carles Tusquets as its acting president on Wednesday, the day after Josep Maria Bartomeu resigned, in order to avoid being faced with a vote of no confidence. Barca said in a statement that Tusquets, chairman of the club’s economic committee, would head the acting board of directors, composed of seven other members, before the new president and board of directors were chosen. The acting board has the same responsibilities as the executive board, but is limited to making decisions that are “essential and central to carrying out the regular operations of the club and to protecting its interests,” said the document.
The key goal of the Board is to schedule elections over the next three months, which ensures that the next elections must be held before the initial date of March 2021, which Bartomeu had set in August.
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