Barcelona's presidential election gets March 20 and 21 dates

Barcelona's presidential election gets March 20 and 21 dates

- Barcelona have confirmed March 20 and 21 dates for their next presidential election

- The club has been under immense pressure lately after relinquishing La Liga title to Real Madrid

- Bayern Munich's 8-2 demolition and Lionel Messi's exit links complicated issues for the current board

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Spanish League giants Barcelona will have a chance to elect a new president on the weekend of March 20 and 21, 2021.

The Catalan club's board has been heavily criticised recently over their failures on and off the pitch - which also led their captain Lionel Messi tendering his transfer request last month.

Reports claim some quarters had asked for the elections to be held sometime this year, but the proposition was kicked out as reported by Daily Star.

Meanwhile, incumbent Josep Bartomeu will not be eligible for the position having occupied the office for two consecutive terms.

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Barca's average performance all through last season after failing to win silverware saw the club chiefs questioned. Their 8-2 humiliation at the hands of Bayern Munich also complicated issues.

Barcelona's presidential election gets March 20 and 21 dates
Barcelona squad led by Lionel Messi as they await signal before heading onto the pitch. Photo Credit: Getty Images
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Though Messi has decided to stay back at the club until next summer, all is however not totally resolved as the six-time Ballon d'Or is still opened to leaving them at the end of his contract.

The 33-year-old was equally disappointed with the president after saying Bartomeu lied to him about the clause which allows him to leave when he desires.

Daily Star reports that the Spaniard administrator might be forced out of office with a vote of no-confidence having received more than 7,500 signatures from Barca members.

The publication reveals that 16,520 of the 140,000 current members would need to sign the vote by September 14 in order for it to be successful.

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However, Bartomeu will stand a chance to remain in office until fresh elections take place next March if the process of impeachment fails.

The club confirmed that eligible voters will have the opportunity to cast their votes in a number of venues over the weekend in March due to the social distancing guidelines.

Meanwhile, Barcelona's next Ordinary Assembly of the members will take place on October 25 – the day of the next Clasico against Real Madrid.

Ronald Koeman succeeded Quique Setien after the 8-2 demolition and he will hope to start his reign at the club on a bright note. earlier reported that Dutch star Memphis Depay has agreed massive personal terms to join Spanish giants Barcelona this summer from French side Lyon.

Since Barcelona appointed new manager Ronald Koeman, he has been trying to rebuild the Catalans ahead of their campaign in the coming season.

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