Barcelona fans want Josep Bartomeu and the board gone… but they will cling on


‘Josep Bartomeu is the ONLY person in the world who has survived thanks to Covid’: Furious Barcelona fans want their president GONE… but even with Lionel Messi threatening to leave, the pandemic means he may somehow survive the Catalan club’s lowest ebb

  • Barcelona fans are in uproar over the mishandling of the club in recent years
  • Their decline culminated in an 8-2 humiliation against Bayern Munich last week
  • Club leading scorer Lionel Messi has reportedly told the club he wants to leave
  • Fans have the option to remove the board with a ‘vote of no confidence’ in them
  • However a variety of factors means that this is unlikely to happen any time soon 

Barcelona‘s Lionel Messi bombshell exit is a by-product of the pandemic that brought football to a standstill last season, and it continues to scupper the efforts of supporters to stop the player from leaving.

Josep Bartomeu would probably still not be Barcelona president if not for the coronavirus pandemic.

As former World Cup winner, Real Madrid player and coach, and football sage, Jorge Valdano said on Tuesday night: ‘Bartomeu is the only person in the world who has survived thanks to Covid’.

Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu is under duress to resign or face a vote of no confidence

Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu is under duress to resign or face a vote of no confidence

Lionel Messi has reportedly told Barcelona that he intends to walk away from the club

Lionel Messi has reportedly told Barcelona that he intends to walk away from the club 

Barcelona fans gathered outside the Nou Camp to protest Messi's potential exit on Tuesday

Barcelona fans gathered outside the Nou Camp to protest Messi’s potential exit on Tuesday

On Wednesday, the club presented new signing, the Portugal winger Francisco Trincao. Normally for an unveiling there would have been a crowd of thousands but the pandemic meant the whole event happened behind closed doors.

Had the Nou Camp been open to punters welcoming the new signing then the calls for Bartomeu to resign would have been deafening. As it was there was silence.

In the last games at the Nou Camp before lockdown, Barcelona supporters protested with the traditional white handkerchiefs and calls of ‘Bartomeu resign’ were heard both before and after the games.

Barcelona fans hung a banner outside the famous stadium which read: 'Directors resign'

Barcelona fans hung a banner outside the famous stadium which read: ‘Directors resign’

The supporters are not happy with the club's downturn in fortunes on and off of the pitch

The supporters are not happy with the club’s downturn in fortunes on and off of the pitch

The prospect of Messi leaving the club may be enough to force the Barcelona board out

The prospect of Messi leaving the club may be enough to force the Barcelona board out

HOW BARCELONA SUPPORTERS CAN FORCE AN ELECTION 

– A vote of no-confidence in the current board would force elections a year early. 

– Any group wanting to force a vote of no confidence needs to gather signatures from 15 per cent of the membership 

– Currently that means 16,570 names on a petition.

– From the date they announce the vote of no confidence protesters have 14 days to gather the necessary number of signatures 

If they manage it the club is forced to hold a referendum on whether the board should resign. But the motion still needs a two-thirds majority in the…



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