Shortly before 21:00 Barcelona time, Sandro Rosell faced a frenzied press and, as has been expected all day, “irrevocably” resigned as president of FC Barcelona.
Defiant till the end, Rosell once again stated that criticism from the national courts around the Neymar deal have been “unfair” and that he “insists everything with Neymar was correct.”
Rosell specifically cited that he wanted to distance himself from the club so that accusations do not poison it, and that over the years “he and his family suffered attacks” from the public and now questions whether “it is worth being president if my family is under threat.” No matter what, threats of violence and death against Mr. Rosell and his family are absolutely unacceptable.
Under the laws of FC Barcelona’s statutes, a vice-president takes charge in this situation and at this evening’s board meeting it was unanimously decided that Josep Maria Bartomeu ascend to the presidency until the end of their mandate in June 2016.
Before ending the press conference, new president Bartomeu stated firmly that the club will defend itself against accusations and allegations. Strap in everyone, this is only the beginning.
Stay tuned to totalBarça for much more on today’s colossal event.
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