Barcelona in ANOTHER crisis with the resignation of members of the SIX board of directors following a dispute with President Bartomeu

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The civil war in Barcelona escalated further amid the coronavirus crisis, with six members of President Josep Maria Bartomeu’s board of directors resigning on Thursday evening.

Two of the club’s four vice presidents – Emili Rousaud and Enrique Tombas – as well as directors Silvio Elias, Josep Pont, Jordi Calsamiglia and Maria Texidor have all stood out from the running of the club while the coronavirus continues to ravage Spain.

The letter of their decisions, as reported by La Vanguardia, translated as follows: “We wish to inform you that the administrators signed below have informed President Bartomeu of our decision to irrevocably resign from our functions within the club.

Six members of the Barcelona Board of Directors resigned at the same time as President Josep Maria Bartomeu

Six members of the Barcelona Board of Directors resigned at the same time as President Josep Maria Bartomeu

“We have come to this point and we see no way to reverse the way business is run at the club before major challenges in the future and especially after the pandemic.

“We want to highlight our disappointment at the unfortunate incident of social media accounts, known as” Barcagate “in the press.

“We request that once the ongoing audit by PwC has been completed, we want to ensure that responsibility is passed to those to whom it corresponds.

Vice-presidents Emili Rousaud (rear row, left) and Enrique Tombas (rear row, second on right) as well as directors Silvio Elias (rear row, fourth on right) and Maria Teixidor (rear row, second on left) have resigned .

Vice-presidents Emili Rousaud (rear row, left) and Enrique Tombas (rear row, second on right) as well as directors Silvio Elias (rear row, fourth on right) and Maria Teixidor (rear row, second on left) have resigned .

“Finally, although this is the least important thing, we would like to thank the administrators and express our gratitude to our colleagues on the board who have devoted their energy and strength to the good of the Barcelona Football Club. We would like to thank the officers and employees of the club for your support and excellent work during this period. We had the pleasure of serving our beloved Barça.

The midnight resignations come in an eventful period for the Catalan giants.

The star of Lionel Messi disagrees with Bartomeu on his salary reduction and that of his teammates while the virus suspended its action, just weeks after his fury against director Eric Abidal for having publicly called the team, while Bartomeu was forced to deny having orchestrated a social media campaign against Messi and other big names.

Barcelona have felt the financial effects of the coronavirus crisis in Spain, Messi and the rest of the Barcelona team having suffered massive salary cuts.

The club also said it would not cover the salaries of non-playing staff and put them on leave despite the fact that Bartomeu said the club would earn £ 878 million this season.

Midnight resignations come in midst of turbulent times for Catalan giants

Midnight resignations come amid turbulent times for Catalan giants

Star Messi earns around £ 115 million a year and became the bad guy during the coronavirus crisis despite a sharp drop in wages.

It had already appeared that Messi had donated 1 million euros to two hospitals – one in Catalonia and one in Argentina, then he went on Instagram to fight back, he said: “It never ceases to amaze us that from inside the club, there were those who tried to put us under the microscope, adding pressure to do what we were always going to do anyway.

Not so long ago, Messi publicly called Abidal for suggesting that it was the players who got Ernesto Valverde’s bag. And the club was also accused of paying money to a social media company which then sowed negative stories about the club’s numbers at odds with the board of directors.

Lionel Messi and the rest of the Barcelona team suffered massive salary cuts in the middle of Covid-19

Lionel Messi and the rest of the Barcelona team suffered massive salary cuts in the middle of Covid-19

They have since separated the company from I3 Ventures, although it is still unclear why the company was paid in three separate payments, which means that the amount has never been so high as to had to be included in the public registers.

The war with Messi divided the club, with the Argentinian icon even linked to the club’s move away from Inter Milan. It comes as Barcelona suffers from a financial crisis with no games and no funds to refresh a team in need of a makeover.

Barcelona is also likely to cut its £ 615m renovation project at the Nou camp as part of the major economic crisis of belt tightening after the coronavirus.

“Espai Barca” was originally scheduled to be completed next year, but as things stand, it looks unlikely to start properly.

The club may even have to go back to plans established 13 years ago for a stadium renovation only for about a third of the cost.

Barcelona announced plans to rejuvenate Nou camp and increase capacity to over 100,000

Barcelona is also likely to cut its £ 615m renovation project at the Nou camp

LETTER FROM BARCELONA ENTIRELY

We wish to inform you that the administrators signed below have informed President Bartomeu of our decision to irrevocably resign from our functions within the club.

“We have come to this point and we see no way to reverse the way business is run at the club before major challenges in the future and especially after the pandemic.

“We want to highlight our disappointment at the unfortunate incident of social media accounts, known as” Barcagate “in the press.

We request that once the current audit is completed by PwC, we want to ensure that responsibility is passed to those to whom it corresponds.

Finally, although not least, we would like to thank the administrators and express our gratitude to our colleagues on the board who have devoted their energy and strength to the good of the Barcelona Football Club. We would like to thank the officers and employees of the club for your support and excellent work during this period. We were pleased to serve our beloved Barça.

A big greeting to all,

VISCA EL BARÇA

Emili Rousaud i Parés, Enric Tombas i Navarro, Maria Teixidor i Jufresa,

Silvio Elías i Marimón, Josep Pont i Amenós, Jordi Calsamiglia i Blancafort »

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