With the new season knocking at the door, the situation at Camp Nou is not that good. After the drama of Lionel Messi, the departure of Arthur and some surprising signings, the confidence level at Camp Nou is at its lowest ebb. With the new season, there would be quite a few hurdles for the Barcelona President –Josep Maria Bartomeu.
As Marca pointed out:
The relationship between the Argentine and the president is not good, something that was made more than clear with the footballer’s statement.
He is the captain and the fans’ favourite, so it is difficult for Bartomeu to win such a battle.
The rest of the squad
In addition to the captain, other members of the dressing room have also had feuds with the club’s board.
Former sporting director Eric Abidal criticized some of the players’ performances and some leaks, especially on issues such as the salary cuts due to COVID-19, didn’t help either.
The motion of no confidence … and elections
The collection of Barcelona members’ signatures is underway and, if successful, Bartomeu will face a vote that will determine if he stays in his post.
Whatever the outcome of this motion, there are elections in March.
So his mandate has a clear expiration date.
Bartomeu must defend his management before the club’s general commitment assembly.
In this scenario, the president could also face a motion of no confidence.
In the case of failing to win that battle, he would not be obliged to leave the position but his image would be seriously damaged.
The coronavirus has affected all clubs and Barcelona are no exception as they have lost 154 million euros of income in the 2019/20 season due to the pandemic and the situation will continue to be complicated this year.
Adjusting the salary level is essential to balancing the club’s books and members will be looking on to see how the current board copes with this.
Police have found signs of corruption in the well-known Barcagate saga.
According to police reports, members of the board may have benefited personally by hiring i3 Ventures to monitor Barcelona on social media.
They divided the invoices to amounts of less than 200,000 euros to avoid having to go through official approval.