President Josep Maria Bartomeu has announced the resignation of the FC Barcelona Board of Directors on Tuesday.
A native of Catalunya, Mr Bartomeu who wins 2015 Barcelona Presidential election resigned following increasing fan pressure and a public fall-out with Lionel Messi.
According to him, Josep Maria Bartomeu Barcelona has been shown a lack of respect to him and his fellow Board members; “we have been insulted, threatened, even me and my family and my fellow Board members.”
Here’s the reason Josep Maria Bartomeu’s resigned
“At the moment there are people who ask me what motivated me to join the Barça Board of Directors, first as a Board member and then as President and if it was really worth it. In fact, it has been an honour to serve my Club in this capacity.
Overall these years as a Board member and President I have tried to exercise my role representing the Club’s member with respect, humility and honesty.
Today, however, we are obliged to resign. And we have to do without having completed the financial measures this season to reduce our immediate expenditure and to guarantee the growth of our revenue. I hope in the days to come an agreement can be reached to implement our salary adjustment from part of the playing staff and our employees. A measure that, if it is not applied, could have serious consequences for the future of the Club. I have confidence that the Interim Board will be able to complete the process and that everyone can come to an agreement for the good of Barça.
Today I can announce something that will change in an extraordinary way the future revenue of the Club for the years to come.
The Board of Directors have approved the acceptance of requirements to take in a future European SUPERLEAGUE of club, a project put forward by the biggest clubs in Europe.
The details of these requirements will be made available to the next Board, and the decision about participation in this competition shall have to be ratified by the next Assembly of Delegate Members.
And I also wish to announce that we have approved the future new format for the Clubs World Cup.”
Read his full speech here.