Barcelona President Josep Maria Bartomeu and his entire Board of Directors resigned after growing criticism from supporters and his public uproar with club striker Lionel Messi.
Bartomeu, who became president in 2014, was due to obtain a vote of no confidence when fans attempted to call for his resignation.
At a press conference on Tuesday evening, 27 October, in Nou Camp, he revealed the decision to leave after a meeting of the board in Catalonia on Monday, after the 3-1 meeting of El Clasico defeat to real madrid.
President Josep Maria Bartomeu announces the resignation of the FC Barcelona Board of Directors. pic.twitter.com/Xr9pBoUzHM
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) October 27, 2020
After Monday ‘s conference, Bartomeu maintained that he would not stand down, facing an expected vote of no confidence.
He said, ‘There is no justification for me to resign. ‘It’s not the best time to hand over my resignation. No one will be willing to make a decision if I intend to leave.
‘The thought that I should stand down has never crossed my mind. Never. Never.’
The Interim Board will now take over to vote for the presidential race.
Bartomeu was the focus of the condemnation of Lionel Messi when he revealed his offer for a shock move to Barcelona earlier this summer.
The captain of Barcelona accused the president of not honoring his promises, saying, ‘I told the president, and, well, the president always said that at the end of the season, I will determine whether I wanted to leave or whether I wanted to stay, and at the end, he didn’t hold his promise.’