FC Barcelona – La Liga Vote postponed due to COVID-19 pandemic
Barcelona‘s presidential elections will now be held on March 7, 2021. The rearranged date comes after a meeting was held between the club’s acting president, Carles Tusquets, and the three main candidates to succeed him.
During Friday’s meeting, which candidates Joan Laporta, Victor Font and Toni Freixa, attendees pencilled the election in for the March date after the original January date went off the table.
Due to the current coronavirus restrictions in Catalonia, the Catalan government and FC Barcelona agreed not to hold elections as originally planned on January 24.
The new date of March 7 is now in the calendar, though everything will depend on how the pandemic progresses over the next couple of months.
“I’m satisfied by the cordiality of the meeting,” Font said on Friday. “What I defended – elections with maximum participation – was guaranteed.
“The two priorities we now have to work on is how to broaden the voting stations and the vote by mail.
“We have to reassure Barcelona fans – all the decisions that the board make will be done with consensus.”
The new date for the elections has an impact on the future of Eric Garcia. If the elections had been held on January 24, the new board would have had around a week to sort out any transfers before the window closed.
All the candidates want to sign the Manchester City defender but, seeing as they won’t take office until March at the earliest, they will have to wait until his contract expires in the summer to do so.
There currently isn’t enough money at the club to afford to pay a transfer fee for the former Barcelona academy player.