Barcelona crisis continues as board sees dramatic resignations

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Barcelona were left in mayhem on Friday after six board directors resigned and told President Josep Maria Bartomeu they are unhappy at how the club is being managed.

In a joint letter, the six expressed concern over the financial implications of the COVID-19 crisis and the club’s handling of a social media scandal.

It has been alleged that a company was hired to create social media accounts to smear future presidential candidates, former and current players’ reputations.

Two of the club’s four vice presidents, Emili Rousaud and Enrique Tombas, were among those to quit, joined by directors Silvio Elias, Josep Pont, Jordi Calsamiglia and Maria Texidor.

In a joint letter to fans, the directors pointed a finger at Bartomeu and expressed doubts about the board’s ability to handle the implications of the pandemic, which has slashed income and led to a 70 per cent players’ pay cut.

“We have arrived at this point because we cannot reverse the way the club is managed in the face of important challenges in the future, especially in the post-pandemic era,” said the letter, which appeared in Spanish media on Friday.

“We also want to show our displeasure over the unfortunate episode about the social media accounts, known as ‘Barcagate’, which we learned about through the press,” read the statement.

The letter goes on to call for the club to hold elections as soon as circumstances allow so that important challenges in the immediate future can be managed in the best possible manner.

Elections are scheduled for June in 2021, and Bartomeu, who will not be able to run having already served two terms, has always insisted that he will not bring them forward.

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By Ofhani Munyai

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