Bartomeu resists

The president does not resign and calls elections for the month of March as established by the statutes. The campaign will start in January. Setién, fired.


Bartomeu resists at the head of FC Barcelona. After more than five hours of meeting of its board of directors, with a lunch break included, the maximum president will be in charge of the club in the first half of March, the date on which the presidential elections will be called, that is, within the margins required by the club's statutes. Therefore, without electoral advancement and with an electoral campaign that will begin in January.

The pressures for the president and his board to resign and for the elections to be called as soon as possible were in vain. Bartomeu prioritizes leading the remodeling of the team, which will begin with the dismissal of Quique Setién as coach, which became official at the same meeting of the board, the signing of his replacement, who will be Ronald Koeman with almost total security and the no less important approval of the accounts for this financial year as well as the budget for the next campaign. Between stepping to the side and fleeing forward, Bartomeu opted for the latter.

The board in its statement, since there was no press conference after this fundamental decision, assumes "the sports responsibility created" and also assumes "the economic responsibility for the closing of the 20-21 season" .

The statement explains that the fact of taking the elections to March has been taken after evaluating several options, but taking into account that the League begins on September 12, "a shock plan" will be faced to reverse the sporting situation that will entail "changes deep in the first team ”that will be carried out in agreement with the new coach and the current technical secretary, which will continue until the end of the course. Therefore, Éric Abidal and Ramon Planes will continue to direct sports policy at a time when a “budget remodeling” must be faced, which will involve a drop in staff salaries.

The president arrived at the most important meeting of the board of directors of his term at 10:56 am, four minutes before the meeting officially began, which was held with half of the board present and other members connected electronically.

Eight executives attended the Barça offices: President Bartomeu, Jordi Moix, Javier Bordas, Josep Ramón Vidal-Abarca, Marta Plana, Xavier Vilajoana, David Bellver and Jaume Carreter. Therefore, the number two of the board Jordi Cardoner, the institutional vice-president Pau Vilanova, Oriol Tomás, Joan Bladé, Jaume Carreter and Didac Lee participated in the meeting electronically.

Shortly after two thirty in the afternoon, the meeting stopped for something to eat and a catering service from a Japanese restaurant entered offices providing supplies for those gathered. At three o'clock in the afternoon, the CEO of the club, Òscar Grau, left the meeting and 45 minutes later the meeting was closed.

It was then necessary to write a statement -which took more than three hours- and propose the communication strategy in which Josep Maria Bartomeu, who ruled out giving a press conference from the outset, intends to give explanations through personal interviews of the board's agreements.

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