Bartomeu and Barcelona board to formally resign

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu and the rest of the club’s board will formally step down from their posts on Tuesday so re-elections can get underway.

Bartomeu has called for a press conference set for Tuesday 17:00CET, during which he will hand over control to an interim management that will decide the date presidential candidates can begin their campaigns.

The 52-year-old has been in the head position ever since predecessor Sandro Rosell stepped down in January 2014 following controversy over financial irregulaties relating to the deal that brought Neymar to the club.

Bartomeu himself has been charged with tax fraud in relation to the same transfer and was forced to call for summer re-elections this January in response to the team’s crisis at that time, which saw them trail Real Madrid in La Liga and receive a transfer ban.

Luis Enrique’s men eventually turned their season around and became the first club ever to win the treble twice after winning La Liga, the Copa del Rey and Champions League.

Bartomeu himself will launch a bid for the presidency, stating he would bring “renewal” if he won.