Thursday, June 3, 2010

Rosell has concrete plan to limit club members

Asked about a possible limitation of the number of club members, Jordi Cardoner [picture, on the left], head of the social area of the candidacy of Barcelona presidential candidate Sandro Rosell, has said in an interview with Catalan radio station RAC 1 that they have a concrete plan to put a stop to the growth of new members:

"We think that the idea of unlimited growth promoted by the board was socially not correct. It would have been terrible if we today would have had 750.000 or 1.000.000 club members as was mentioned back then. We think that we should put a stop to the growth so that the current members really could enjoy the benefits of being a member.

What we will do is announce a period of three months during which everyone who isn't yet a member can make the decision of becoming it. After that period, only two groups could become a member: family members in the first or second degree of a member, or children who would be given the chance to grow up with the club."

Read more:
Rosell wants to regulate new members
Ingla wants to appoint club ambassadors
Cardoner: "The member always has the last word"


  1. Hey pep, how about the lack of news in Spain about Rosell talking about African kids hindering La Masia that Sid Lowe tweeted about?

  2. Sid Lowe's tweeting of Rosell's comments is extremely sensationalist. Trying to compare the players Rosell is talking about with Messi and Etoo completely disregards the actual issue Rosell was trying to highlight.

  3. What is this proposal about??? Only children and grandchildren will be able to become a member from now on? These guys are getting crazy... Isn't there slogan "We're all Barça"? Apparently not all are Barça.

  4. It's a disgrace, if this plan goes through.

  5. the funny thing is, when soriano sold the idea of expanding the members to the board as a way to fend off bankruptcy, mr rosell wholeheartedly agreed but now that he's trying to become president he conveniently changes his mind and for what, so that he could show he's more catalanist than laporta? how ironic.

  6. As someone who's been seriously considering the idea of becoming a soci for a few years now - I feel a little cornered. On one hand, I feel that if I don't do it now, then I might never get the chance again. On the other, I am getting more and more annoyed by Rosell's comments and don't want to be irrational in taking the decision.

    Had Laporta's regime taken the necessary steps towards establishing an online voting system (which was talked about, but somehow rejected), then the global community would have had a chance to align themselves to Ingla/Ferrer - the two who are consistently mentioning their commitment to Barca's global presence/community. It's a shame that the likely outcome of the elections may not represent the views of the the majority of socis.

  7. as for the online voting, anonymous, i note that laporta was in favour of already implementing it for the 2010 elections but that a majority of the board dismissed the plan last summer (because of concerns about the reliability) so it wasn't included in the change of the statutes of august 2009.

    this post explains the issue:
    Plan for internet voting rejected

  8. So, here's the thing: I am a card-carrying soci. The value of it, aside from supporting the club that I love, is that it makes it so much easier to get tickets when I attend matches, as I do every season, flying hither and yon.

    The ultimate question is what are socis to the club? It used to be that they were members in the actual sense. Is Rosell changing the definition of a soci? The "more Catalan than thou" contest that he and Laporta are having nauseates me. It doesn't take much for nationalism to become dimwitted xenophobia.

    For me, should Rosell win, I'm not sure that I want to continue being a soci, as there are so many questions: What DO his comments about African youth players really mean? What are socis to him? What will happen with the Boixos Nois, a battle that Laporta fought so diligently?

    This doesn't even get into the sporting side of the equation.

  9. By the by, the "unreliability" of Internet voting is a crock. If you can bank and e-commerce effectively, why can't you vote? When purchasing a ticket to a match, a very effective system regulates things by your soci number, ensuring that you can't get more than your allotted number of available tickets. Can presidential voting really be so fraught with uncertainty?

  10. fabulous. i have my quote of the week. thank you mr cardoner! :P