It is official. Josep Maria Bartomeu has officially stepped down as President of Barcelona.
“I appear to announce my resignation and that of my board of directors” is the first sentence from his mouth as he sits down to address the room filled with journalists.
El presidente Josep Maria Bartomeu anuncia la dimisión de la Junta Directiva del FC Barcelona pic.twitter.com/Skyj68x9J5— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona_es) October 27, 2020
The resignation comes on the back of the Vote of No Confidence started by Barcelona Socis, which followed the 8-2 humiliation Barcelona suffered in the UEFA Champions League. Bartomeu was president of Barcelona for six years, including an interim term after Sandro Rosell’s dismissal.
This decision is majorly influenced by the Catalonian government’s decision not to halt the motion during the pandemic, as requested by the current administration at Barcelona.
Carles Tusquets, once part of Josep Nunez’s board of directors as the treasurer, will take over the club after which they will have anywhere between 40 to 90 days to plan and hold the elections, and then announce a new President in January.