Furious Barcelona fans storm the Nou Camp gates and call for president Josep Bartomeu to resign

Furious Barcelona fans storm the Nou Camp gates and call for president Josep Bartomeu to resign

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.

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.

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.

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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