September 9 – A campaign by Barcelona fans to force a vote of no confidence in club president Josep-Maria Bartomeu (pictured) is halfway to its goal according to local reports.
In order for a formal change at the top to take place 15% (16,520) of the club’s eligible voters – those who have been members for more than a year – must submit the relevant paperwork before the September 17 deadline – and 7,500 have already apparently done so.
Bartomeu has been under mounting pressure following a 2019-20 season that saw La Liga going to arch-rivals Real Madrid, an embarrassing Champions League exit at the hands of Bayern Munich and the high-profile saga of Lionel Messi submitting a transfer request before contractual obligations forced him reluctantly into another season with the club.
The campaign to remove Bartomeu was launched by presidential candidate Jordi Farre on the day Messi sent the club an official notice saying that he wished to leave.
If the ‘Mes que una mocio’ (More than a motion) campaign reaches its target and the ballot is held, two-thirds of the club’s 150,000 members would have to vote against Bartomeu in order to trigger an imminent election.
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