Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Former brother-in-law Laporta reappearing on stage

Catalan sports weekly paper Gol claims that Barcelona treasurer Xavier Sala i Martín has tried to convince former Barcelona director Alejandro Echevarría to join the candidacy he will be part of in the upcoming presidential elections.

Sala i Martín and Echevarría, the brother of Barcelona president Joan Laporta's ex-spouse Constanza Echevarría, are reported to have met at the Luz de Gas night club in Barcelona but after the talks a deal wouldn't seem likely.

Two Catalan sports journalists, 'Diego Valor' and Alex Santos, meanwhile claim on their respective blogs that Echevarría is in the background supporting the candidacy of Barcelona assets vice-president Jaume Ferrer.

Alejandro Echevarría, at that time still the brother-in-law of Laporta, joined the Barcelona board in February 2004. On 20 October 2005, he left the club after accusations that he was a member of a foundation dedicated to the life and works of former Spanish dictator Francisco Franco (read more here).

Read more:
The Board Movements (2003-2009)
No deal after new Godall-Ferrer negotiations


  1. i read about that. though from what i gather he was forced out not cos of that per se but because he was starting to have an influence on the players that some people were not too comfy with. is he catalan btw?

  2. @ Anonympus:

    it was franco, no doubt about that. a former barcelona employee brought out the news and laporta was forced by the media pressure to accept his resignation.

    his good relationships with some players (like eto'o, and i think also xavi and puyol) only became a problem later on, after he was out.

    could depend on the definition, but yes, he is.