Bartomeu blames Corona Virus for Barcelona woes


The Barcelona President says the Club are the worst hit by this current pandemic.

Barcelona lost the league to Real Madrid from a winning position, and the team’s form made Messi erratic during the league season as rumours have it that the Argentine is considering a move away from the Catalan Giants. But, Bartomeu says the effect of covid 19 can clearly be seen at Camp Nou.

“I saw that there was a pandemic worldwide and said that it would be a complex summer with swap deals, and that’s what is happening, Since March 14 we have not received a euro. We have missed out on €200 million (£182m/$233m). €200m! We have recovered a lot by reducing wages and using ERTE’s (Temporary Employment Regulation File, with the government paying 70 per cent of wages). We have had to close the shops and the museum, there have been no ticket sales. We have paid back the ticket money for matches fans couldn’t attend. €200m is a big blow. This pandemic will have effects for two or three seasons,” he added. “Nobody should think that things will be fixed by next season. The great financial gurus talk about four years, but I think football will go faster” He said.