Just one day after Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu asked four board members to leave the club, the quartet and two others have resigned and called for new leadership.
Marca translated the letter signed by Emili Rousaud, Enrique Tombas, Silvio Elias, Josep Pont, Maria Teixidor and Jordi Calsamiglia.
The first four were asked to leave, with Teixidor and Calsamiglia joining them. That leaves the board at 13 members.
“We ask that once the results of the audit entrusted to PWC are presented, all responsible to be swept away with the eventual corresponding compensation.
“As a last service to our club, we recommend that as soon as circumstances allow it to call new elections to allow to direct the club, with all the ‘authority’ and in the best possible way in the face of the important challenges of the most immediate future.”
It’s been a terrible season for Barca off-the-field, and former players and legends have spoken out against the club’s hierarchy, including Pep Guardiola.
The ouster of Ernesto Valverde was handled without much class, and director Eric Abidal threw the players under the bus for the managerial change. The club has also dealt with “Barcagate,” in which a contracted social media company was fired for posting Tweets against Barca’s players.
Both drew the ire of Lionel Messi, who can exercise a clause to leave the club this summer.
Messi also denied any rumours of a move to Inter Milan in a since-deleted Instagram post.
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Bartomeu has been Barcelona’s president since January 2014.
This article was most recently revised and updated 3 years ago