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  Wednesday, 12 February, 2003, 21:49 GMT
Gaspart leaves Barca
Joan Gaspart
Gaspart has had 2 years as president
Barcelona president Joan Gaspart has resigned with immediate effect.

Gaspart said last week that he would leave on 1 March but announced on Wednesday that he would be leaving at once.

Barca's dismal start to the season, their worsening financial situation and boardroom upheaval have all played a part in Gaspart's downfall.

Manager Louis Van Gaal was sacked at the end of January after just eight months in charge.

Barcelona are currently 15th in the 20-team Spanish first division, just two points above the relegation zone.

Gaspart made his announcement after an extraordinary meeting of Barcelona's board of directors.

He has been at the helm of the Catalan outfit for two-and-a-half years, during which time the club has not won any silverware.

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