A summer of discontent for Barca fans saw new boss Ernesto Valverde bring in just four new signings – Paulinho, Gerard Deulofeu, Ousmane Dembele and Nelson Semedo.
Fans of the club plus former players such as Xavi Hernandez have called on a change to be made behind the scenes, claiming current president Bartomeu has ignored the famed La Masia academy by loaning such players as Sergi Samper out and failed to bring in ‘Barca-like’ players.
Catalan media such as Sport now claim that thousands of fans signed a vote of no confidence at the weekend as Barca comfortably beat rivals Espanyol 5-0.
16,560 signatures were needed to spark a change, although more are expected after it is thought just over 3,000 were collected as former presidential candidate Benedito has confirmed he will be collecting more before and after the Champions League game with Juventus on Tuesday evening at Camp Nou.
One of those signatures was former president Joan Laporta, who has been particularly vocal in his displeasure of the club’s handling under Bartomeu.
Laporta – club president between 2003 and 2010, tweeted: “As a socio, I am the 15,142nd person to sign the #VotodeCensura2017.
“The club is owned by socios.”
Meanwhile, Barca spokeperson Robert Fernandez has called on the club’s fans to remain calm and asked them to remember the results on the field, which have seen Barca win three out of three games in La Liga so far.
“We have had a difficult month but the most important thing in times like these is to remain calm,” Fernandez is quoted as saying by Diario Sport.
“In complicated situations, with the summer we’ve had, calm is necessary. If we let time pass a little, we will see things differently. We respect all opinions of course but the last few weeks have been complicated.
“The people that who have explained things have not done it well and that includes me, among others, but also the media.
“Also, there are things which aren’t true. News has come out which is not accurate and this does damage and creates unpleasant situations.”
Source: La Liga News