“I announce my resignation and that of the rest of the board of directors. It is a thoughtful, serene and consensual decision by all.” This is how Josep María Bartomeu began his final appearance, the announcement of his definitive resignation as president of Barcelona, indiscriminately pointing out the Generalitat de Catalunya, which he accused of not giving him legal coverage in the case of the vote of no confidence.
In a very critical speech with those who have attacked him “sometimes cruelly” and in which he revealed all the achievements of Barcelona under his tenure, without mentioning the controversies, errors or scandals, Bartomeu gave his last blow to the announce that the board, in one of its last decisions, approved “the requirements to be part of a European Football Super League”. It was, the final fireworks …
“We have had to lead Barça in one of the most convulsive times of the country and the club. We have always been at the side of our institutions with the banner of the right to decide and freedom of expression. Now we want to turn the page,” he defended.
“I have received the response from the Generalitat and it is clear: The government reiterates that there are no legal impediments to holding the vote of no confidence. This means that they demand that the vote be decentralized but they make no mention of our proposal to have 15 days of margin to be able to guarantee the necessary security measures ”, explained the president, who from then on regretted” the abandonment “suffered by the board.
“We asked the Generalitat for legal coverage; the same that they requested and received from the government of Spain. They have decided not to offer the same thing they asked for and have washed their hands in a situation that is uncomfortable for them,” accused Bartomeu, adding that in the meeting of the table of the vote of no confidence held this Tuesday “both the promoters of the motion and the president of the table have opposed the change of dates and have assured that they would take legal action against the board of directors.”
“These decisions of the Generalitat also seem to me incomprehensible, irresponsible. It occurs at a time when it is making decisions and insinuating the weekend’s confinement due to the risk of collapsing the health system and we must act responsibly and guarantee health of our partners ”, he continued, advancing that from now on” we are leaving the club in the hands of a manager who in these times of pandemic, we do not know if it will be able to call elections.
“It was said that we wanted to perpetuate ourselves in office, but the will of the board was never that. After the elimination of the Champions League, the easiest thing was to resign, but we had to guarantee the future of the club in the midst of an unprecedented global crisis. We could not leave it in the hands of a manager without decision-making capacity because, who would have signed a coach or players or ensure Messi’s continuity or adjust salaries? As a board we had an obligation to do so ”, proclaimed Bartomeu, highlighting his“ responsibility ”.
“We did not want to flee despite the personal wear and tear because a club like Barça must have orderly transitions,” he claimed, rejecting that “we had things to hide. I have always defended that our self-criticism makes us stronger but what we have experienced in recent months exceeds any limit. They have insulted and threatened me and my family. “
“It was an honor to serve the club as director and president, with responsibility and honesty,” he summarized, trusting that “in the coming days the salary adjustment of the workforce and employees can be closed, which if not done could have serious consequences in the club. Hopefully there will be an agreement from all parties. “
Among his speech in which he wanted to emphasize all the achievements, Bartomeu surprised when he announced that in the board of directors on Monday “we approved the requirements to be part of a European Super League”, warning that “the decision to play the competition must be ratified by the next Assembly of delegates “.
“The European Club Super League will guarantee that the club continues to belong to the members because our uniqueness means that we do not have to distribute dividends and the benefits have been allocated to sports and property investments”, he declared, making it clear that Barcelona’s strength “is indisputable” .
Bartomeu spoke of the Barça Corporate project “that will generate more value for the club” and said that Espai Barça, put on stage by its board of directors, “is already underway”, ending his speech with a clear reminder of the successes achieved, ” they have continued to win titles, with an average never seen in history “and taking responsibility for” rejuvenating the squad and changing inertias. “
“I trust that time will value our assets because we are the most beloved club in the world and a benchmark, he declared, proclaiming that it is” a pride to have Barça Academies all over the world and to make clear our multi-sports vocation, having won from 2010 to 149 titles in all sports “.