‘Someone is glad in the dressing room’: Barcelona presidential candidate Jordi Farre claims the brother of a first-team player has signed the no-confidence petition against Josep Bartomeu
- Josep Bartomeu has been under immense pressure at Barcelona this summer
- There were 18,090 signatures for the no-confidence petition against Bartomeu
- Jordi Farre claimed that the brother of a Barcelona squad member has signed it
- Farre confirmed his desire to hold the vote ahead of El Clasico later this month
Jordi Farre has claimed the brother of a Barcelona first-team player has signed the petition of a vote of no confidence against current president Josep Bartomeu.
Only 16,520 signatures were needed for the petition calling for Bartomeu to stand down as president but 18,090 have been collected and officially ratified.
And presidential candidate Farre has stated that among the signees was a close relation of one of the members of Ronald Koeman’s current squad at Camp Nou.
Jordi Farre claims a Barcelona player’s brother has signed the petition against Josep Bartomeu
Some 18,090 signatures were ratified calling for Bartomeu to stand down as president
‘I am aware that someone is glad in the dressing room,’ Farre told Spanish outlet Cadena Ser.
‘Without going further, we had the signature of the brother of a player in the first-team squad at Barcelona.’
In other comments made to Catalan language network RAC1 via Mundo Deportivo, Farre – a promoter of the vote of no confidence against Bartomeu – explained his plan is for the motion itself to take place on Saturday 25 October, the day of the first Clasico against Real Madrid of the season.
Farre also confirmed that he is willing to let it run into the Sunday too, and that he would like the question asked to be the same as the last motion: ‘Are you in favour of a vote of no confidence against Bartomeu?’
But Farre has now now claimed a close relation of a member of the first-team squad signed it
The 57-year-old current president has been under immense pressure this summer following a trophyless season for the Catalan giants, culminating in the 8-2 Champions League humiliation by Bayern Munich, and a very public falling-out with club talisman Lionel Messi.
The club also threw away their lead at the top of La Liga to Zinedine Zidane’s Real before being annihilated in the Champions League quarter-finals by eventual champions Bayern to top off a miserable season.
Fans are equally as angry about matters off the pitch, with Messi attempting to force an exit from the club this summer, citing the leadership at the top of the club as a factor in his desire to leave.
Bartomeu is under severe pressure after Lionel Messi’s attempted departure in the summer
He is also under pressure after Messi and his team-mates were humiliated by Bayern Munich
The financial impact of Covid-19 has also brought matters off the pitch to the fore, with reports suggesting players have been asked to take a further round of pay cuts after a loss of £88million was announced.
This comes after first-team players had already agreed to a 70 per cent wage reduction to help those in other roles at the club keep their jobs.
Farre, Lluis Fernandez Ala and Victor Font have all said they will stand when elections next take place, and former president Joan Laporta could join them.
Victor Font is among Bartomeu’s possible successors when elections occur next year
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