Barcelona FC fans gathered outside Camp Nou in Barcelona, Spain, on August 25 to lament news that club captain Lionel Messi wants to quit the team after nearly two decades – and to demand the resignation of club president Josep Maria Bartomeu.
Footage of the demonstration shows protesters chanting for Bartomeu to resign in front of the stadium, with cars driving by and honking.
The Barcelona FC confirmed with the Associated Press that Messi expressed his desire to leave the club, “having grown unhappy after a trophy-less season ended with a humiliating loss to Bayern Munich in the Champions League,” the AP said.
Bartomeu has come under fire for “unacceptable management,” including accusations that he helped hire a third-party company to discredit presidential candidates and former and current players on social media earlier this year, although an external audit cleared him of any wrongdoing. Credit: @ChesterFCB via Storyful