Many questions are on the minds of Barcelona fans as well as some football fans in general. FilGoal.com went to search for answers to these questions through Marc Doc, the official spokesman for the campaign to withdraw confidence from the President of Barcelona.
At first the question was: Why now? To answer: “We started the campaign to withdraw confidence now because our main goal was to stop the board of directors from making decisions, because the decision they take is always the worst for the club.”
He continued, “Of course, the elections in 2021, but not specifically March, because they announced that they would hold elections, but there is no official date for those elections. It was never true that the elections are in March 2021.”
“So it is still unclear,” he added, “Our main goal was to stop this path and keep this administration away from the club and any presidential decision or even close the 2020 numbers and the beginning of the year’s budget. They just have to leave everything and leave because we do not want them to lead the club anymore.”
Barcelona club announced in an official statement Thursday evening that the number of valid votes submitted in the recall campaign exceeded the 16,520 vote barrier, which is the limit permitted for the start of the vote to withdraw confidence from Bartomeu.
What is the next step for you? Doc replies: “Now the administration has been finally informed that the votes that started the campaign are documented, and we have to start voting within 20 days, not before 10 days, the minimum period of 10 days and the most 20 days, and the date of voting will be announced in the middle or end of next week. This is the next step, and we will work on the Yes campaign to withdraw confidence, of course. This is our choice and what we support to the end of the process. ”
And he continued, “The club will announce an official statement within hours, with the final results, more than 19 thousand and 500 votes or more documented, we know that, and the club will announce at the earliest opportunity.”
Is the campaign ready for a “no” scenario and the continuation of the administration? Doc replies: “Of course, when you start the no-confidence vote, you have to be ready for the vote. Of course, we will support the yes vote, but we know that 66% is very difficult, so we are also ready to reject, you must be prepared for everything.”
Will the campaign present a candidate? In this regard, he said: “We will not present any candidate for the presidency, because we are 8 groups of the masses and supported by 3 presidential candidates, but we will not support any of them, at least uniformly, any group that can do whatever it wants, but we will not support any candidate based on this scenario,” Or as an entire entity behind one candidate, it will not happen. ”
FilGoal.com had made it clear last August that Messi’s decision to leave Barcelona is meaningless except for the start of the war between him and the administration, not only that, but Bartomeu will not resign no matter what. (See details)
So it doesn’t matter when just when we intend to isolate Bartomeo? Doc answers: “Of course the main goal is to stop the management from making decisions. They do not have the ability to do this job and they proved that in the last 6 years. Now we are facing the process of rebuilding the first team, the difficult economic situation, the future of the stadium, the rebuilding process and everything, not a good year to be between Their hands, we have to change the administration and that’s why we started the campaign. ”
“Among everything were the recent scandals that occurred at the club earlier.”
Barcelona has been hit by a number of problems since the end of last year, when he warned and criticized Gerard Pique, his club management, against using their newspapers and journalists for their criticism. (See details)
Until the biggest scandal came, when the Catalan radio station Cadena Ser published a report saying that the Barcelona administration had appointed a company that devoted thousands of accounts on social networking sites to its propaganda and to protect the image of Josep Maria Bartomeu, the club’s president and board of directors.
Those accounts attacked a number of current and former players such as Lionel Messi, captain of the team, Gerard Pique, Carles Puyol, Xavi Hernandez, Josep Guardiola, Juan Laporta, the former president of the club, and others.
The current Barcelona administration spent an amount of nearly one million euros on its contract with the company, and the financial payments were divided among 6 sums paid to different parts of the company. (See details)
Also, Barcelonas star and captain Lionel Messi fought a public war with Eric Abidal, the sporting director, against the backdrop of the latter’s statements that some players had requested the departure of Ernesto Valverde without mentioning the names, so Messi was angry and criticized Abidal.
Let’s add to that, the resignation of 6 members of the board of directors, in what a journalist described as “it is like a series of Game of Thrones behind the scenes in Barcelona.” (See details)
All this happened in less than one year and what was hidden was greater, in addition to the many financial problems, the club suffers so abnormally that during the stoppage of football activity there were reports of facing the risk of bankruptcy.
What made sense of Barcelonas bankruptcy reports was the club’s withdrawal from the attempt to include Inter striker Lautaro Martinez, and the same thing with Neymar.
Now we are dealing with the thorny issue, Messi’s desire to leave. Was what happened throughout the summer before Messi announced his continuation, forced because he had no other choice as he described it, a reason to start the campaign?
Doc replies: “Yes, of course, Messi’s position was important. For Messi to be comfortable in the club is important, it was not like that. He said he was not comfortable and was not in the mood to continue for an additional year. That was an additional point for us. We reached the bottom and we could not bear more than that.” .
He continued, “Also, he will not continue with this administration, they have no relationship, they do not talk, and they cannot persuade him to continue for an additional year. Messi played an important role in that campaign of course.”
He concluded, “We are confident that Messi will not continue with this administration. We do not know who will take over the task. We are confident that he will not continue with them. We will try our luck with a new president who will try to convince him.”
FilGoal.com had revealed earlier in Barcelona that the next step would be a no-confidence campaign, and here it would be a yes or no vote, and his acceptance rate must exceed or equal two-thirds of the club’s members, or 66%.
In the event that the parliament does not continue until the election date, and in the case of a yes vote, a vote of confidence is withdrawn and then a committee is appointed to manage the situation until new elections are held.
Regarding the timetable for the process, the media office of FilGoal.com said: “March? No, no before that, the vote may be in late October or November if the votes are correct, and then the elections may be in January or February.” (See the full report and explanation)