BarcelonaCornered by more than 20,000 signatories of a motion of censure launched after Leo Messi’s bureaufax, Josep Maria Bartomeu resigned as president of Barça a year ago. The resignation fell on Tuesday, just 24 hours after the same person involved grabbed the chair and said he had “no reason to resign.” In a farewell without questions or the presence of any journalist in the press room of the Camp Nou, Bartomeu blamed the government of Catalonia for his departure. He understood that political power was making him bedridden allowing Catalan members to vote in the plebiscite on his term, scheduled for November 1, the Sunday of that week. Both he and his collaborators had rolled up their sleeves to stretch the deadlines before the polls were put in place, even turning to the Civil Guard to tarnish the entire process of validating signatures in favor of the censorship vote. The last bullet was the health argument, but neither the Secretary General of Sport nor the then Aragonese vice-president granted legal coverage to delay the vote another 15 days. “They have washed their hands in the face of an awkward situation without thinking about the consequences,” the former president denounced today.