Barcelona president, Sandro Rosell, is facing a vote of no-confidence from a disgruntled group of the club’s owner-supporters, or ‘socios’.
According to Soccernet, the group- named GO Barca (Grup d’opinio Barcelonista)- has proposed an official 'motion of censure' against Rosell, who still has three years left of his tenure as Barca chief, and wants to run for another term.
The group claims that Rosell and three vice-presidents- Josep Maria Bartomeu, Javier Faus, and Jordi Cardoner- have misled the socios, specifically regarding the club’s financial arrangements with Qatar, and former defender Eric Abidal’s sad departure to AS Monaco.
According to club rules, Barca must now arrange the paperwork proposing a referendum on whether or not Rosell and his co-accused should face official ‘censure’.
If five percent of Barca's approximately 110,000 members agree that a referendum is required, Rosell and the vice-presidents could be replaced.
‘Motions of censure’ are not out of the ordinary at Barca, with former club presidents like Joan Laporta having faced them in the past.
It is rare in world football for a club’s supporters to have so much say in its political affairs however.
Spanish and German clubs serve as models for how supporters can be involved in the day-to-day running of professional football teams.
And it will be interesting to see if Rosell, who has achieved some success in his time as Barca president- like signing Cesc Fabregas and Neymar- can survive the wrath of the unhappy socios.