Barcelona presidential candidate Jordi Farre has announced that he will present a vote of no confidence against current president Josep Maria Bartomeu on Wednesday morning.
Farre’s move came on a day when Lionel Messi demanded to leave Barcelona by activating a clause in his contract that would allow him to depart on a free transfer.
All members of Barcelona will be eligible to sign the motion against Bartomeu, which will proceed if it receives enough signatures. In the event of a vote, Bartomeu will be forced out if at least 66 per cent of the total are against him.
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Messi’s decision took place amid a backdrop of intense turmoil at Barca which was sparked by the club’s 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-final earlier this month.
Following on from that embarrassing loss, head coach Quique Setien and technical director Eric Abidal both left the club with Bartomeu under increasing pressure.
That pressure was turned up even more on Tuesday, with Barcelona fans descending on Camp Nou to voice their displeasure over the uncertain future of Messi. Many were demanding Bartomeu step down.
Farre took to social media to announce his move as he looks to continue putting pressure on Bartomeu ahead of the club’s presidential elections in March.
“Tomorrow at 9am I will present a vote of censure against Bartomeu and his board of directors,” Farre tweeted. “For the sake of Barca we cannot allow them to continue for another minute.”
On Sunday, Farre made headlines when he said he said he has held talks with Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp’s representatives over taking the same role at Barca, despite Ronald Koeman just being appointed the club’s new head coach.
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“Obviously, we have our roadmap and we had already started several conversations with Jurgen Klopp, because it seems to us that Barca need such a coach,” Farre told Sport.
Pressed on whether Koeman is the right appointment for Barca at present, Farre responded: “It is an exceptional moment and Koeman is a good solution considering that he is a legend of Barcelona, a benchmark. Because of his character, I think that was what the club needed now. I wish him the best because the challenge is huge.”
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