Barcelona club president Josep Maria Bartomeu, targeted by a no-confidence vote, denied him thinking of resigning from his post, explaining his decision that “it would be the worst time to leave Barcelona.”
“There are no reasons for resigning. There are a lot of responsibilities (at stake), and I think this will be the worst moment to relinquish Barcelona to a transitional management committee,” Bartomeu said after an emergency meeting of the Catalan club’s management committee that will have to chair the proxy until the new elections.
“It is a moment of high responsibility, it is a moment of making decisions,” he added, explaining that “the transitional administration committee cannot make the decisions that we are about to take to find solutions to the problems resulting from the (Covid-19) epidemic that severely affected Barcelona’s accounts.”
President Bartomeu and the club’s management committee are still facing the risk of distrust after opponents (including some of the candidates for the club’s presidential elections scheduled for March 20, 2021) collected more than 16,521 signatures necessary from members (fans-contributors) to activate the impeachment process.
On Monday, Bartomeu published an open letter in which he made clear that he wanted to hold a referendum on his impeachment over the weekend of 15 and 16 November, explaining that it takes at least two weeks to prepare for this vote.
But the opponents want to organize this referendum on the first and second of November, which is the deadline set according to the statutes of the Blaugrana club.
Barcelona confirms that it does not have time to organize this vote in such a short time, and that this deadline will force it to organize the vote in the “Camp Nou” stadium, which may increase the risk of infection with the Corona virus, and he asked the Catalan regional government to intervene to avoid it.
Businessman Jordi Vary, the declared candidate for the club’s presidential elections scheduled for March 2021, had filed a “withdrawal of confidence” request from Bartomeu and the current administration on August 26, after the Argentine international star and captain Lionel Messi announced his desire to unilaterally terminate his contract with Barcelona. , Before he changed his mind in early September.