Bartomeu has been heavily criticised for the club’s summer transfer business
Friday, September 1, 2017
Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu faces a vote of no confidence after the club’s embarrassing failure to sign Philippe Coutinho yesterday.
The Catalan giants still have time to secure the Liverpool playmaker’s signature before the close of the Spanish transfer window tonight – but a move looks unlikely to happen.
A motion to stage the vote has been prepared by Agusti Benedito, who is demanding the removal of Bartomeu and his fellow directors.
Benedito, who lost out to Bartomeu in the last presidential election, has been to the club’s offices this morning to collect all the necessary documents.
Now Benedito has begun the search for signatures. If more than 16,000 vote in favour of the motion, a formal vote will be triggered.
According to Marca, Benedito has been actively pursuing signatures on social media for some time. He will also attempt to raise support during Barcelona’s forthcoming matches at the Camp Nou.
“This board has done terribly badly. Bartomeu should resign, the situation is out of control. We’re facing a crucial institutional crisis,” Benedito told reporters as he left the club’s offices.
Marca says Benedito is moderately optimistic about his chances – even though he must secure 66% of any vote that transpires from his campaign.
“I think there are 40,000 or 50,000 socios who agree with us. Now all we need to do is encourage them to sign our petition. If the membership wants it we’ll succeed.”
As well as missing out on Coutinho, local media reported that Barcelona had the chance to sign Kylian Mbappe but turned it down, while Neymar bought himself out of his contract to move to Paris Saint-Germain.
Barca did manage to sign Ousmane Dembele but there was embarrassment about the signing of Paulinho, whose unveiling at Camp Nou was attended by only a handful of spectators.