In a sensational turn of events, six Barcelona board members have stepped down from their positions with an open letter to club chairman, Josep Maria Bartomeu.
Vice presidents, Emili Rousand and Enrique Tombas along with directors, Silvio Elias, Maria Teixidor, Josep Pont and Jordi Clasamiglia have all resigned.
“We hereby want to communicate that the undersigned managers have transferred to President Bartomeu our decision to irrevocably resign from our position as managers of FC Barcelona,” the group’s letter read via La Vanguardia (via Goal.com). “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.
“We must also highlight our disenchantment with the unfortunate episode on social networks, known as ‘Barcagate’, which we learned about through the press. We ask here that once the results of the audit entrusted to PWC are presented, that responsibilities be cleared as well as the eventual corresponding compensation. As a last service to our club, we recommend that as soon as circumstances allow it to convene new elections that allow, with all the ‘authority’, to manage the club in the best possible way in the face of the important challenges of the immediate future.
“Last but not least, we want to have a very special recognition and thanks to our colleagues on the Board of Directors who have dedicated and dedicate their best energy and efforts for the good of our beloved Barcelona Football Club. Also to thank the executives and employees of the Club for their support and excellent work during this time in which we have had the honour of serving our beloved Barca.”
Bartomeu’s position has come under severe pressure as the entire club will convene to replace such high-ranking figures. This all ties down to Lionel Messi’s accusations about how the club is being run. The letter expresses the same sentiments.