Barcelona’s off-field crisis has worsened after six board members resigned on Thursday night.

On Tuesday club president Josep Maria Bartomeu tried to encourage vice-presidents Emili Rousaud and Enrique Tombas and directors Silvio Elias and Josep Pont to resign as he sought to move against those who criticised his management of the Catalan club. They were joined by Jordi Calsamiglia and Maria Teixidor, the secretary of the board in departing amid ongoing problems at Camp Nou.

A letter signed by the six on Thursday night was published by the newspaper La Vanguardia, and Teixidor informed Bartomeu of the decision by telephone.

We reached this point by being unable to reverse the criteria for how the club is managed in the face of important challenges in the future, especially given the new post-[coronavirus] pandemic scenario,” said the letter signed by the six board members.

The letter goes on to call for the club to hold elections “as soon as circumstances allow so that important challenges in the immediate future can be managed in the best possible manner.”

Elections are scheduled for the summer of 2021, and Bartomeu, who will not be able to run having already served two terms, has insisted that he will not bring them forward.