The opposition to FC Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has gathered sufficient support to trigger the vote on a motion of censure against the club’s management, the initiator of the sling, businessman Jordi Farré announced on Wednesday. .
Contested since the 8-2 rout against Bayern Munich in mid-August in the quarter-final of the Champions League, Bartomeu saw the criticism against him redouble when Barça superstar Lionel Messi asked for his departure from the club because of his management.
The six-time Golden Ball has since backed down and agreed to honor his last year of contract with the Catalan club, but Jordi Farré proposed this motion of censure the day after his transfer request.
“I think there will be no referendum and that Bartomeu and his team will resign”
After a recount on Wednesday, 20,731 ballots were obtained in favor of this vote, beyond the 16,521 needed to trigger a referendum. “Objective achieved! Thank you to everyone who made this possible!”, Farré welcomed on his Twitter account. At least 10% of socios must participate in the referendum for the result of it to be validated, which may be difficult due to the risks associated with the Covid-19 pandemic.
Candidate declared for the presidency of the club, whose next elections are scheduled for March 20 and 21, 2021, Jordi Farré has received in his approach the support of two other candidates for the presidency of Barça, Victor Font and Lluis Fernandez Ala. “I think there will be no referendum and that Bartomeu and his team will resign,” Jordi Farré said in statements to the press. “I call on them to leave and call early elections as soon as possible.”
The club now has between 10 and 20 working days to organize the motion of censure among its members. During this vote, if two-thirds of the votes are in favor of the initiative, Bartomeu and all his council will have to resign immediately.