Josep Maria Bartomeu resigns as president of Barcelona FC. Bartomeu and the entire Barça board of directors have made the decision to resign before the motion of censure that was to be held on November 1 and 2 at the Camp Nou. Més que una moció platform managed to gather around 20,000 partner signatures.
Yesterday, Monday, after the extraordinary meeting of the Board of Directors, the former president of Barcelona FC assured that the possibility of leaving the presidency of Barça had never crossed his mind. A day later, the chair of the president of the entity is empty. Elections are scheduled for January. Bartomeu resigns after six years at the head of the entity. He assumed the presidency after Rosell’s resignation.
Bartomeu resigns before Sunday’s vote of no confidence
Josep Maria Bartomeu’s decision to resign is made public after the refusal of the Generalitat of Catalonia to contemplate or postpone the vote for pandemic causes. In a letter sent to the club this morning, the Generalitat does not consider that there are “legal or sanitary impediments to hold the vote of no-confidence, as long as the requirements that the PROCICAT technical group presented at the meeting held are included in the organizational protocol last October 21 “. This letter is signed by the departments of the Presidency, the Interior, Health and Sports.
‘Més que una moció‘ plataform has been in charge of leading this motion of censure and obtaining around 20,000 signatures of partners to make it effective. The motion of censure was scheduled for November 1 and 2 at a single venue, the Camp Nou.
The former Barcelona director has always supported the voting, but asked for a postponement due to health and logistical issues. Barcelona FC presented a few days ago a protocol with 21 venues, 13 of which were in Catalonia, 7 in Spain and one in Andorra. The new date proposed by the directive was November 15 and 16 to be able to organize the voting in the different venues. However, the Generalitat has declined the postponement.
The former Barcelona director sought to facilitate voting for members, since most of them live outside of Barcelona. They also sought to prevent the spread of the virus while traveling and protect members over 60 years of age.
Carles Tusquets, the ‘new’ president of Barcelona
Article 35.4 of the Barça Statute specifies that “if the resignation, resignation or cessation of the members of the Board of Directors occurs simultaneously and generally, a Management Commission must be set up to replace the Board of Directors.”
Carles Tusquets is the person who will chair the Barcelona Management Committee until the elections are held. Tusquets is an old acquaintance in Can Barça, since he was a manager during Josep Lluis Núñez’s period. He is a Doctor Cum Laude in Economics and Business from the University of Barcelona. He is currently president of the European Financial Planning and Advisory Association and vice president of INVERCO and consultant to the National Securities Market Commission.