Under-siege Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu and the entire board could resign today in protest at the government allowing a vote of no confidence to go ahead at the club.
The Covid-19 situation is worsening by the day in Catalonia – with many of the club’s members who would vote being categorised as vulnerable – currently expected to vote on November 1 and 2. In total, 800 club members have died of coronavirus since March.
The board of directors are meeting on Monday to approve the club’s financial plan for the 2019-20 season and budget for next season.
And Bartomeu may propose to those present that he and everyone on the board tender their resignations en masse if no delay is granted for the vote, according to Sport.
Spain has declared a six-month ‘state of alarm’, delegating emergency responsibilities to the Catalan region for that period and a curfew has been imposed in the city among other stricter measures.
Citizens in the region have been told to stay at home and yet there has been approval for the vote of no confidence to take place on November 1 and 2.
Barcelona sent a letter to the Secretary of Sports of the Generalitat on Sunday asking for a postponement and the crux of the matter is how the board are supposed to travel in for a vote when everyone else in Barcelona has been told to stay at home.
Many of those voting are in the vulnerable category over the age of 60. During the pandemic, 800 club members have already died due to coronavirus.
If the Generalitat de Catalunya stand firm with November 1 and 2 as the dates to vote, Bartomeu is willing to propose a mass resignation today.
A club source told Sport: ‘We will not be complicit in this nonsense. People’s lives are more important, because there will always be time to vote.’
Another issue is that the Assembly of Compromisary Partners must give the green light to the financial proposals presented at today’s meeting of directors.
There is not yet a date in the diary for this and a mass resignation would render it impossible.
And yet the meeting could well be the last this board have together. The club have been in turmoil on the pitch and at boardroom level in recent months with the key moment being Barcelona’s 8-2 Champions League humiliation by Bayern Munich.
Their woes continued at the weekend with a 3-1 defeat by Real Madrid in El Clasico.
At midnight, the deadline for the club to announce the vote officially on November 1 and 2 expires so the muddied waters should soon become more clear.