Furious Barcelona fans storm the Nou Camp gates and call for president Josep Bartomeu to resign as they show their support for wantaway star Lionel Messi once again
- Barcelona fan protests have escalated with groups storming the stadium gates
- Supporters are angered by president Josep Bartomeu’s running of the club
- They have also voiced their support for Lionel Messi, who wants to quit Barca
Barcelona supporters angered by the running of the club have pushed through the Nou Camp gates as their protests continued for a second day.
Fans want the club’s board, headed by president Josep Bartomeu, to stand down after a dismal season that saw two sackings, losing the title to rivals Real Madrid and an embarrassing 8-2 loss to Bayern Munich in the Champions League.
Now Barca are in danger of losing their long-serving talisman Lionel Messi after the Argentine told the club he wants to leave on a free transfer this summer amid the ongoing chaos, and loyal supporters have been gathering at their world famous ground to voice their fury.
Barcelona fans were outraged in a second day of protests against the board as they pledged their support for wantaway superstar Lionel Messi
Furious supporters stormed the gate of the Nou Camp with security officials left powerless
Protests have been aimed at club president Josep Bartomeu, who has overseen one of the most chaotic spells in their recent history
Hundreds flocked to the Nou Camp on Tuesday night in support of Messi after his falling out with Bartomeu, with chants being yelled demanding the hierarchy be ousted and signs unfurled.
And protests escalated on Wednesday as fans entered the stadium grounds, with security personel powerless to stop them.
One official was pictured attempting to thwart one individual before the huge crowd push past him and into the complex.
One staff member tried to stop a group from passing through but his efforts were in vain
Some fans mounted the gates and unfurled a banner protesting the board’s treatment of Messi
Huge crowds made their voices heard with chants as they demanded that the board step down
Another group were seen mounting the top of the gates holding up a sign demanding that Bartomeu stand down.
Despite uproar over his performance at the club, he is entitled to stay with the club until the 2021 elections next year – with some fans attempting to force a vote of no confidence against him.
Bartomeu has made a number of key players available for sale, including the likes of Gerard Pique, Luis Suarez and Jordi Alba with new boss Ronald Koeman expected to ring the changs in the wake of the shock thrashing by Bayern.
Messi wants to leave Barcelona this summer after becoming disillusioned with the board
The president has also fallen out with Messi, who is ready to quit Catalonia despite spending his entire career with Barca after his relationship with the board reached breaking point.
Manchester City are seen as the front runners to seal an astonishing deal for the Argentine superstar in a move that could see him reunited with Pep Guardiola.
Messi believes he can move on a bosman due to a clause in his contract, but Barca insist he has another year on his deal with a release clause of £629million.
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