Barcelona presidential candidate: “The media ruled us out too hastily”

Barcelona presidential candidate Toni Freixa insists that he has sufficient backing from the club’s membership and believes the media have too swiftly ruled out the possibility of his candidacy.

Joan Laporta and Victor Font are said to be the frontrunners for the vacancy – which is to be held on 24 January – that is currently dominating Barcelona news.

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.

Carlos Tusquets is the current interim president of the Blaugrana following the resignation of former club supremo Josep Maria Bartomeu, with elections behind held on 24 January 2021.

epa07901371 FC Barcelona’s President Josep Maria Bartomeu delivers a speech during the club’s Board Assembly in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, 06 October 2019. The club’s board debates over the withdrawal of honorific historic distinctions awarded to late Spanish dictator Francisco Franco as well as the implementation of electronic voting system. EPA-EFE/Marta Perez

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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.

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