20,687 votes were gathered for the motion against the supremo, passing the threshold of 16,250 signatures – with that number now matched in terms of verified signatures from the club.
💣💥 HABRÁ MOCIÓN DE CENSURA contra BARTOMEU.
✅ Se acaban de validar las 16.521 firmas necesarias.
— El Chiringuito TV (@elchiringuitotv) October 7, 2020
A rigorous process has been taking place over the course of ten days verify the signatures and allow a motion to either be held or withdrawn.
Marta Plana and Jordi Argemí are representing the board in the process, while the representative of the Catalan Football Federation (FCF) is Josep Maria Vallbona.
Jordi Farré and Josep Triadó, the first two signatories of the motion, are also involved along with Joan Trayter, Síndic of the ‘soci’, but he will not hold a vote despite having a say in the conversation.
❗️ El vot de censura acaba d’assolir la xifra de signatures vàlides necessàries (16.521) per tirar endavant el procés en contra del president Josep Maria Bartomeu i la seva Junta Directiva. #frac1 pic.twitter.com/sttAR6Chyc
— El Barça juga a RAC1 (@FCBRAC1) October 7, 2020
The position of Bartomeu at Barcelona has come under great scrutiny in recent times following a trophyless campaign combined with Lionel Messi’s attempted forced exit from the club, which the board blocked.
Last month, Catalan police accused the beleaguered club supremo on corruption charges, although Bartomeu continues to deny such allegations.
Bartomeu has held the position for two terms but he will nominate a ‘continuity’ candidate who is close to the incumbent and comes from a side of the club’s board which is viewed as more conservative.
The Catalan entrepreneur started in the role in 2014, following the resignation of Sandro Rosell – who was his close friend and associate who served as his vice-president.
All candidates come from different sections within the club’s hierarchy, with differing views on how the club should be run and what it stands for.