More than 72 percent of the 37,535 votes went in favour of the project, however there was an extremely low turnout of just 31.65 percent of those eligible to vote.

The result is a victory for Barcelona's embattled board, led by recently appointed president Josep Maria Bartomeu, after a series of scandals that have hit the club over the past few months.

Sandro Rosell was forced to stand down as president in January after facing legal action over the controversial signing of Brazilian star Neymar which saw the club charged with tax fraud.

And on Wednesday, Barcelona were handed a ban on signing players for two transfer windows by FIFA for breaching rules regarding the signing of players under the age of 18.