Barcelona Sets Presidential Election Dates

Barcelona Sets Presidential Election Dates

Barcelona have announced that they will hold presidential elections on the 20th and 21st of March next year.

Josep Maria Bartomeu, who after serving two consecutive terms in office can not stand for re-election, had previously announced that they will hold elections between January and the end of March, after refusing demands for them to be this year.

The LaLiga club confirmed on Thursday that, due to the risks raised by the coronavirus pandemic, the elections would be held at different locations across the country, and that postal votes will be permitted.

While he is due to stay in office until next year, Bartomeu and the board face the imminent challenge of a non-confidence vote.

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The ‘Les que una Mocio’ movement has the endorsement of presidential candidates like Victor Font, Jordi Farre and Lluis Fernandez-Ala.

As of September 8, the motion had racked up 7,500 signatures, according to Marca. It takes 15 per cent of the club’s eligible voting members, or a little over 16,500, to send their signatures to the next level by September 17 to push the motion through.

Bartomeu and Barca’s board have come in for considerable criticism due to a downturn in the team fortunes on the pitch, resulting with a trophyless 2019-20 season that culminated in a disappointing quarter-final 8-2 loss to Bayern Munich in the Champions League.

A public tussle ensued with captain Lionel Messi, who sought to negotiate a transition away from the club but finally agreed that he would spend at least the final year of his deal at Camp Nou, while supporters assembled outside the stadium to demonstrate against the president.

Messi recently accused Bartomeu of going back on his word on allowing him to leave like he had promised.


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