These have been times of turmoil at Barcelona. Josep Maria Bartomeu’s reign in Catalonia is seemingly coming to an end but, needless to say, he won’t go down without a fight. The president has recently addressed the public and refused to resign in the face of the vote of no confidence.
Not only that but he wants to delay the process, mentioning the current situation with the virus as an excuse. Of course, seeing how the club wanted to allows the supporters to return to the stands less than a month ago, this claim is contradictory. And surely everyone can see that he’s grasping for straws.
Now, however, Victor Font, a Barcelona presidential candidate, has spoken against Bartomeu on his private Twitter profile. And he had lots to say.
“President Bartomeu and his Board of Directors are abusing the patience and good faith of the club’s members. In democracy, a government that is being questioned by a significant number of people should honour their legitimacy, through commitment, decency and urgency.”, started Font.
The board’s current actions clearly go against the democratic rights of all socis. They have the right to vote and by trying to take that away from them, Bartomeu is abusing his power.
“This Board of Directors has chosen to remain in power, to file complaints with the Civil Guard or hope that the pandemic will prevent voting. Even if that means challenging the democratic rights of socis.”
Since we are living in exceptional circumstances, there is also a need for a different solution. But all the board does is breach rules and stain their legacy and that of the club.
“The board has said it wants to maximize the participation and security of the motion but will allow voting to be done electronically. In exceptional situations, there is a need for exceptional solutions. As of tomorrow, the Board of Directors begin breaching the rules. Is the permanent judicializing of the club the legacy they want to leave?”
Barça midfielder Aleña speaks following his first start in nearly a year
Carles Aleña started his first game for Barça in nearly a year. His last start for his boyhood club came in December 2019 against Inter Milan, and Ronald Koeman selected him against Dynamo Kyiv after injuries decimated his squad. After his impressive display, Aleña spoke to the media.
“I’m very happy to return to the field. We played a great game and we took advantage of our chances.”Carles Aleña | Post-match press conference
Aleña ended his ordeal with a near-Man of the Match performance away to the Ukrainians. The Spanish youngster was his team’s metronome and misplaced one solitary pass. His pass map is a joy to behold and the midfielder deserves a lot of recognition for that display.
📸 — Aleñá’s pass map against Kyiv tonight.— Barça Universal (@BarcaUniversal) November 24, 2020
Not a back-passer at all. pic.twitter.com/Ah5QrsgW3N
At the beginning of the year, Ronald Koeman did not fancy Aleña at all. He and Riqui Puig were ostracised, but the two of them showed a lot of resilience against Kyiv. Hopefully, their coach opens his eyes.
“Playing with the first team requires a lot of hard work.”Carles Aleña | Post-match press conference
We will have to wait and see whether Koeman is on the same page with the fans regarding Aleña’s performance. One thing is clear: the 22-year-old can play a crucial role in the team if used correctly.