President Of Real Madrid Fan Club Seeking Financial Requirement To Become Candidate
After Real Madrid President Florentino Pérez announced earlier this week that he will run for re-election as club president on June 16, Real Madrid fan club Plataforma Blanca President Eugenio Martínez Bravo said he is looking to present himself for election, according to Dermot Corrigan of ESPN. Bravo, 43, "would like to offer an alternative to Pérez." Bravo: "I want to present myself at the elections. I would like to do it, I have the intention to do so, and it would be healthy for madridismo. It would be good if there was an alternative, a debate. Florentino does not have a project -- we do." Changes to the club's election statutes made last September mean any candidate for the presidency must be a member for at least 20 years, and provide a deposit or bank guarantee of 15% of the club's annual budget -- €76M ($97.5M) this year. Bravo, who criticized those changes at the time, "meets the first new requirement, having been a socio for 31 years, but not the second as he is not a millionaire." Bravo said, "We do not want to create false expectations because there is the thing called the deposit and it is very difficult to achieve" (ESPN, 5/22).