Monday, May 17, 2010

Rosell wants to regulate new members

Asked about his supposed plan to limit the number of club members of FC Barcelona, Barcelona presidential candidate Sandro Rosell has said in an interview with Catalan radio station RAC 1 that his candidacy doesn't want to limit but to regulate the number of members:

"We don't have too many club members. All members are members of Barça, they are the owners of the club and have the same rights. But we should regulate the entrance of new club members for several reasons, in the first place because of the identity of the club.

We have already 3.000-4.000 Japanese club members, which is good but one day we could have 50.000. Or 50.000 Chinese or 50.000 Russians, it's the same. And those 50.000 Russians could one day decide that the president of Barça would be a Russian. He should have his legal residence in Catalonia, but that's easy.

So we should regulate the entrance of new club members to keep the identity of the club. Another reason is that you cannot have more club members than you have seats at the Camp Nou because a club member in the end wants to go and watch the games. We are happy with all club members we have but we should see how we can regulate things."

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13 comments:

  1. interesting...

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  2. that is true regarding the club members.

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  3. Good points. But he is not taking part in TV program to speak about problems and causes of some issues without giving his solution , he is there to say how he will sort out everything.

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  4. What would be the problem with a Russian or a Chinese president? Our first president was a Swiss one. The main thing should be he loves and works for the club, not his nationality. That even sounds a bit racist to me, to be honest. And the part of the seats is ridiculous, being a socio is not about having a seat, it's so much more... Bad points.

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  5. Exactly my thoughts, Toni.

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  6. I think I understand Rosell's point, he is worried that a large groundswell of members outside of Catalunya could manipulate the democracy of the club and take it away from the matchgoing fans and those who interract daily with FCB. I don't think Sandro or anybody else would have a problem with a Gamper type figure who is part of Catalan society and very much connected with FCB despite being foreign-born, in fact Rosell has done far more than any other candidate to address the concerns of foreign socis.

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  7. Rosell has been more in contact with foreigners because he has been working for years and had the time, the people and (most importantly) the money to do it. Promising things before the elections is easy, we'll see his real face afterwards when he has the votes. And some guys just need a free beer to be happy...

    Are matchgoing fans any better than non-matchgoing fans? Do they love the club more? I ask you.

    He wants to keep the club in Catalan hands, Adam. He's the candidate of the Catalan establishment who is very concerned about foreigners getting a say in the club because they see it as their private property. For those people, we're only good to buy merchandising so they can spend more with our money. The club needs to accept the consecuences of wanting to be a global club. You cannot only want the benefits.

    Of course their should be mechanisms to prevent the club to lose its Catalan roots but there are better ways to do that than to keep the foreign culés out. That goes against the open and global values of the club. And I personally don't know any foreign culé who puts in doubt the Catalan identity of the club. On the contrary, most (all?) just love that part about the club.

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  8. how about a brazilian mr rosell? would you still have the same objections, i wonder..

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  9. how about a brazilian, mr rosell? would you have the same objections, i wonder..

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  10. oops double post

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  11. I'm a foreign member and i love the club. i pay for the membership for the jerseys, sometimes i can go to the nou camp. what's the problem with me mr rosell?! as far as i know i can vote personally in barcelona. why do you think that a member or members will fly to barcelona from japan, russia or even from france to vote for the elections? i support the club nearly 20 years(but was not a member just in the last 3 years, because i cannot afford before) but if mr rosell will regulate my membership i'll quit! i'll be always a fan of barcelona but you won't get my money! i ask again mr. rosell: what's the problem with the foreigners? anyway i agree 100% with toni!

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  12. Ay Rosell...you too are a catalan racist....I though that since you travel a lot you would be an open minded catalan...but here we go again...another one that will govern our club from the first and second class members ethics...And our first president was Suiss...I have change my vote now, Sandro.

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  13. I would only regulate those members who can't write the name of the stadium down correctly. ;D

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