However, Freixa insists he has hit the minimum threshold of 2,257 votes required to enter the ballot after it emerged on Monday that Agusti Benedito and Pere Riera had dropped out of the race – meaning that only seven, rather than nine, names would be on the ballot.
Freixa has said, as per Marca: “We are grateful and we feel very positive because there are still many members who want an authentic club free of external interests.
“There is no doubt that we are the candidacy of the people of Barça and we have achieved it without placing a single advertisement or entering the echo of the media that, for the most part, had mistakenly discarded us. The media ruled us out too hastily, affirming that this only it was a matter of two, even with polls.”
Freixa served on the board under former incumbents Sandro Rosell and Josep Maria Bartomeu but left the board in 2015.
52-year-old Freixa, who is a lawyer by trade, finished bottom of the pile in the 2015 presidential elections at the club with just 3.7 percent of the vote – 1,750 votes – but is hopeful of building on that this time round.
Freixa has been criticised as a so-called continuity candidate of the previous boards whom he worked under, but he insisted he would be a break from those former presidents.