Barcelona announces changes to the council after resignations

Barcelona moved to restructure its board after six directors resigned last week in protest at the way the club is managed, the Spanish side said.

Two of the club's four vice presidents, Emili Rousaud and Enrique Tombas, were among those who announced their resignation in a letter to fans published Friday in the Spanish media.

Directors Silvio Elias, Josep Pont, Jordi Calsamiglia and Maria Texidor joined them.

The directors who left criticized the club's handling of a scandal on social media and expressed doubts about the board's ability to handle the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has led to a cut in wages for players in the 1970s. percent.

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Barcelona said the board approved the appointments of Jordi Moix as vice president of economy and capital, Pau Vilanova as institutional vice president, Oriol Tomas as vice president of the commercial area, Marta Plana as secretary of the board and David Bellver as treasurer.

Javier Bordas will be the manager responsible for the football first team, while Xavier Vilajoana will be in charge of Barca B, the youth teams and women's football ," Barcelona said in a statement.

The club added that they would take legal action against Rousand for accusations that seriously damage the image of the institution.

Joan Blade, head of the club's basketball teams, would now also manage the Barcelona transparency and control committee, the club added.

The outgoing directors asked President Josep Maria Bartomeu to call presidential elections and expressed dissatisfaction with the hiring of a third-party club, I3 Ventures, earlier this year to monitor Barça's social media coverage.

Bartomeu has denied allegations that the company created social media accounts to defame future presidential candidates and current former players, but still terminated the club's contract with the firm. I3 has also denied any wrongdoing.