Madrid - Barcelona have called a press conference for 19:30 local time
(20:30 SA time) on Thursday evening amid reports that president Sandro Rosell
is poised to resign due to a legal wrangle over the signing of
Brazilian star Neymar.
The press conference will follow an extraordinary board meeting where Rosell is expected to hand in his resignation.
the conclusion of the special board meeting there will be a press
conference in the Camp Nou press room at 19:30 CET," Barcelona said in
a statement via their official Twitter account.
on Rosell, 49, after a Spanish judge agreed Wednesday to hear a case
made against him by one of the club's own members for alleged
misappropriation of funds in the deal which brought Brazilian star
Neymar to the club last year.
Catalan sports daily Mundo
Deportivo said in its online edition that Rosell had decided to resign
and would announce his departure later in the day.
without giving a source, said Rosell decided to go because of mounting
pressure and threats to himself and his family.
Moreover, it added
that the former Nike executive feels harshly treated having made a huge
effort to bring Neymar to the club and having cut Barca's debt
significantly during his time in charge without undermining the team on
It said he would leave Barcelona in the hands of vice president Josep Maria Bartomeu until the end of his mandate in 2016.
Deportivo said Rosell met with his deputies in the morning and agreed
to formally present his resignation in the evening before announcing it
to the media.
Leading Catalan daily La Vanguardia said in its online edition that Rosell had decided to go, also without citing a source.
said in their paper edition that Rosell was considering quitting so as
to protect the club's reputation during a possibly drawn-out legal
However, La Vanguardia suggest Bartomeu would take over just until June when there would be a presidential election.
president Joan Laporta, under whom Rosell served as vice-president for
two years between 2003 and 2005, has been linked with a return to the
presidency the next time elections are held.
And he claimed Rosell's silence on the Neymar deal was damaging the club's reputation.
Sandro Rosell ought to give an explanation to the members of FC
Barcelona," he said on his official Twitter account on Wednesday.
"He owes it to them. His silence damages the image of the club."
has routinely insisted that the 21-year-old Neymar cost the club €57.1
million, but refused to divulge how much money each
of the parties to the deal received on confidentiality grounds.
led Barcelona member Jordi Cases to launch the case against Rosell last
month for not informing the club's members as €40 million
of the fee was supposedly paid to a business owned by Neymar and his
father called N&N.