This picture will look quite a bit different, potentially, by the end of day today.
Reports began to leak yesterday, that president of FC Barcelona, Sandro Rosell, was set to resign today. Mundo Deportivo, the club mouthpiece, said that he was considering the move to save the club a protracted and expensive legal battle. Over what, exactly, is uncertain, particularly as the Neymar contract is, by everyone’s representations, “legal and impeccable.”
Bartomeu and Faus have already been added to the original court action, that was accepted by the judge. No word on whether the action will continue after Rosell steps down, but there is as of right now, no reason not to presume that it would.
There will be a special board meeting today, to discuss the “future of the president.” It is expected that Rosell will resign, and that Bartomeu will take over as acting president until June, when elections will be held.
As noted yesterday, practice was canceled today. Coming shortly after the rumors about the resignation, it only lent credence to the speculation.
Obviously, this is a fluid situation, and as of now the plan is to update this post as things develop, so visit as you hear of things happening. There is, at this time, also speculation from some that Faus and Bartomeu might also step down. Again, everything is rumor and speculation. We don’t even definitively know that Rosell is stepping down, only that the extraordinary board meeting has been called for today.
More to follow, and thanks. These are crazy times, culers.