Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu resigned from the club on Tuesday ahead of a vote of no confidence that was due to be held next month after some 20,000 fans signed a petition demanding that he step down.
The rest of the board of directors also resigned.
“It’s a thought-out, serene, informed decision” to resign, Bartomeu said in a televised speech.
Bartomeu, 57, has been facing growing resentment in the last year due to the club’s worsening finances and the team’s decline on the pitch, which came to a head with its 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-finals in August.
He has been widely criticised after talisman forward Lionel Messi requested a transfer following the Champions League humiliation and was facing a vote of no confidence from the club’s ‘socios’.
Today I have announced my resignation and that of the rest of the FC Barcelona Board of…