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SBD Global/October 3, 2013/Franchises

Fearing Reform That Would Increase Required Support, Go Barca Withdraws Censure Motion

Barcelona club members "looking to remove President Sandro Rosell from office have announced their intention to back down," according to FOOTBALL ESPANA. Go Barca on Monday announced its intention to "put forward a motion for a vote of no confidence in Rosell" and three of his four VPs -- Josep Maria Bartomeu, Javier Faus and Jordi Cardoner -- for the "'lies and deceptions' they see them accountable for." Though Go Barca was "expected to explain" at a press conference on Wednesday "their reasoning in more detail, they have instead confirmed their intention to withdraw the motion." Those heading the group, Joan Arnes and Jordi Cases, have explained that they "do not believe they will be able to gather enough support to carry the motion through to a referendum." To "reach a full vote among the club’s members, the group need backing from five per cent of members beforehand, approximately 6,000 people" (FOOTBALL ESPANA, 10/2). In Madrid, Nadia Tronchoni reported Arnes and Cases "believe that in no case would they gather the support of 15% of the club's members to bring the motion forward." Without these votes, "the action is not viable due to the agreement of Barcelona's statutes reform, which will be approved Saturday." Cases and Arnes said, "We have to be realistic. The 15% is impossible. We were always working with the idea of 5%, but they have changed the rules of the game" (EL PAIS, 10/2).
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