Outgoing Espanyol President Ramon Condal has been heckled at a meeting of the club's shareholders.
The Catalan outfit are in turmoil on and off the pitch, bottom of La Liga with just nine points and on the verge of Presidential elections which seem certain to retain the unpopular current administration's power.
“We need unity more than ever, to get together and set aside what divides us,” said Condal. “Only then will we be worthy of the centennial of Espanyol.
“I go with an obligation to say: unity, unity, unity,” the official continued, his words met both with applause and chants of 'out, out, out'.
“I will always be next to you all. Today is my last day in office and I am proud to see so many 'Pericos' ready to work. So it must be, from the smallest to the largest and from those living in Barcelona to the rest of the world.
“We've done a job that allowed us to to respond to economic difficulties and continue with the step forward that was moving into the [Estadio] Cornella-El Prat. To be the 26th President of the club has been a great honour, and now comes a new President. No matter the candidate, I'm sure they will lead the club with the same love, respect and dedication I and the 25 Presidents before me have.”
Condal and the rest of the club's board resigned last month, under intense pressure from fans who object to perceived mismanagement and a policy of austerity which has saw several key players sold off.
Joan Collet, current CEO and one of the frontrunners to succeed Condal, was also at the meeting and was subjected to boos and chants.