FC Barcelona – La Liga Could see return of former president
Ahead of Barcelona’s electoral process, Joan Laporta has become the first candidate to present their signatures, and the former president has brought 10,257 to the table, which is more than double those earned by Victor Font.
Having long been seen as the favourite due to his close links with Xavi and the potential to hire him as coach, Font will be disappointed that he appears to be gaining so little traction compared to Laporta, who has been a periphery figure in most Barcelona elections since he actually left office.
January 24 remains the day the election will be held provided national health restrictions allow it to go ahead as Europe battles a second variant of the deadly coronavirus.
Laporta‘s current wave of support is exceeding those he had back in 2003 and 2015, when he was actually elected in 2003 he only could muster 5,725 signatures, although for context this election is perhaps far more important given the sheer unpopularity of the Bartomeu years.
“We’re doing well, but we can’t rely on this, I don’t think about whether I’m a favourite or not,” Laporta declared. I’m just concentrating on explaining our plans clearly.
“That is what I believe campaigning is, and I don’t care if it is against one, two or three opponents, I trust that the elections will be held, this mismanagement can’t be allowed any longer.”
After failing to make the required cut, achieving only 2,082 signatures, Jordi Farre has thrown his support behind Laporta moving forward.
“I would like Laporta to win the election because he is the greatest Cule of all and he knows the club well,” Farre explained.
In addition to Farre, other pre-candidates such as Benedito, Vilajoana, Fernadez Ala and Riera also didn’t make the cut.