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BARCA CRISIS Outgoing Barcelona President claims he has agreed to join a European Super League as he quits amid acrimony

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Barcelona's president Josep Maria Bartomeu has resigned. Photo: Josep Lago/AFP via Getty Images

Barcelona's president Josep Maria Bartomeu has resigned. Photo: Josep Lago/AFP via Getty Images

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Barcelona's president Josep Maria Bartomeu has resigned. Photo: Josep Lago/AFP via Getty Images

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has resigned ahead of an expected vote of no confidence next month, but he went out in a blaze of glory.

Bartomeu’s fate has perhaps been determined since he was heavily criticised by Gerard Pique and then Lionel Messi, who was furious that a summer exit from the Catalan club was blocked.

Bartomeu does not have much widespread support and was due to face a vote of no confidence in next month’s election after the Spanish government gave the green light for voting to go ahead at the Nou Camp despite the coronavirus crisis.

"It's a thought-out, serene, informed decision" to resign, Bartomeu said in a televised speech.

The outgoing Barcelona president also revealed at his press conference that the club had agreed to participate in a future European Super League.

"I can announce extraordinary news," Bartomeu said. "Yesterday we accepted the requirement to participate in a future European Super League that will guarantee the economic sustainability of the club. Today we have accepted the new format of the Club World Cup."

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