As February starts to come to close, the Barcelona presidential elections seem to be just around the corner, and the race to become the man to lead the club into the new is continually getting tighter. What started as a friendly beginnings from Victor Font and Joan Laporta has soon turned to be a game of trash talk.
Yesterday, Joan Laporta revealed his sporting project and the names that would accompany it. It comes no more than a week prior to the elections taking place, and it seems Font does not like the idea about the same. As relayed by Mundo Deportivo, Font took a jab at Laporta, saying his ways were archaic, “Laporta implies that with the memory of the past it is already enough… And in 2021 there is nothing that resembles his era. Everything has changed and nothing from his experience works today.”
He continued to speak about Laporta, saying that he has not assigned roles properly, and is just throwing around names: “Laporta has not submitted a role distribution chart; he has not explained how he will carry out his project. He is accompanied by several people, but he has said nothing.”
Font did not hold back his criticism of Laporta, accusing of him and his team of not having a clear project for Barcelona: “I say that the ‘the emperor has no clothes’ because many people want Laporta when he doesn’t have a clear project.”
He continued on the same beat of the drum saying, “I’m accused of criticizing Laporta. I don’t criticize Laporta. We’re in the elections, and if I can’t explain my project, I’ll stay at home. The fact that he doesn’t have a project isn’t my opinion. They don’t have a plan.”
“Mr. Laporta has introduced people who support him, but he has explained nothing,” Font said in regards to Laporta’s project unveiling through Facebook Live yesterday.
Font took one final jab at both the other competitors, saying that their plans have been improvised and edited at last minute, while his plan still stands strong from the first minute: “It must be made very clear that members must vote for clear plans that haven’t been improvised. The other projects have clearly been improvised.”
La Liga chief Javier Tebas talks summer transfers and fan return to stadiums
In a conference held by ADEA Forum (Association of managers and executives of Aragon) in Zaragoza, Javier Tebas spoke on a wide range of topics surrounding La Liga.
Mostly, the La Liga president spoke regarding the league’s bounce back from the pandemic and some potential plans for the league to restore public crowds. He also discussed the losses incurred, the summer transfers, among other things.
The Condition of La Liga
Tebas started the conference by claiming that the situation for the Spanish league is comparatively better than other leagues.
Speaking on this, he said, “The situation is worrying, but not so much. I think that of this pandemic the Spanish League is the one that is going to turn out less badly compared to the others.”
He then spoke about the losses incurred in Spanish football, with the net loss amounting to €1 billion by the 30th of September.
On the losses, Tebas said, “Of this billion, 750 have been financed by banks or investment funds, the latter the majority based in London, and the rest have been done by the clubs pulling their cash.”
Additionally, he mentioned that it was big clubs that were affected stronger than the smaller clubs, due to the huge loss of income from the lack of crowds, among other profitable economic activities that clubs such as Real Madrid and Barcelona enjoy above others.
A return for crowds to stadiums
When speaking on a return of crowds to stadiums, the La Liga chief seemed tremendously confident in their ability to host crowds as early as tomorrow. He claimed that they would have to run at between 20% to 30% capacity; nonetheless, the Spaniard was confident that teams would be more than capable of hosting crowds very soon.
Speaking on the same, he said, “There is a working group for the return [of fans] to the stadiums. I hope that in the last league games we can see the public in a proportional amount.”
Upcoming transfer window
Speaking on the summer transfer window, the president claimed that there will indeed be a lower amount of transfers as there were in the previous window. Tebas said, “They have already been lower in winter. There may be occasional and exceptional operations, but globally it will decrease. There will be exchanges of players. It’s going to be lower than last year.”
Accordingly, clubs are going to have to dig into their academy reserves more and more as the global and financial situations amend over time.