Josep Bartomeu

Lionel Messi saga and poor start to the season has forced Josep Bartomeu to quit Nou Camp role with bombshell announcement; Board of directors also resigns.

Josep Maria Bartomeu revealed Barcelona have accepted a proposal to join a future European Super League moments after announcing his resignation as the club’s president.

Bartomeu has fallen on his sword as he quit, along with his board of directors, ahead of an expected vote of no confidence next month.

But he did not go quietly as during a press conference on Tuesday evening, Bartomeu said the Spanish giants intend to join a breakaway European league that Liverpool and Manchester United have been in discussions about.

“Today I can announce a piece of news that will extraordinarily change the club’s revenue prospects for the coming years,” he said in his parting address, reproduced on the club’s official website.

“The board of directors yesterday approved the acceptance of the requirements to participate in a future European Super League of football clubs, a project promoted by the big clubs in Europe.

“The details of these requirements will be available to the next board of directors, and the decision on participation in this competition will have to be ratified by the next Assembly of Compromising Partners.

“And I also want to announce that we have approved the acceptance of the future new format of the Club World Cup.”

Source: Sky Sports