FC Barcelona proposes improvements to disciplinary system in Spanish football
The Board of Directors has agreed, in the wake of the pardon that has let the aggression suffered by Tito Vilanova go unpunished, that as a member of the Federation it shall formally propose the creation of a work group to look into ways of improving the disciplinary system used in Spanish football
The secretary and spokesman for the Board, Toni Freixa, has stated that pardons are not included in the Statutes and that the image generated by this case “is seriously bad for Spanish football”
Toni Freixa, en el transcurs de la roda de premsa / FOTO: ÀLEX CAPARRÓS - FCB
General Assembly, weekend of September 23
The date of the next Ordinary General Assembly of Representative Members has been announced for the weekend of September 23, the same weekend as the home league fixture against Granada.
Toni Freixa spoke this Wednesday to inform the members about the agreements reached at this afternoon’s Board meeting. In relation to the pardon that means José Mourinho’s aggression towards Tito Vilanova will go unpunished, the spokesman made it clear that, right now and in response, FC Barcelona is seeking to act constructively. By this he means that the club is formally proposing the creation of a work group to review the Federation’s disciplinary system, use of pardons, and composition of committees.
He stated quite clearly that “FC Barcelona’s position regarding this situation is a constructive one … We wish to participate in these improvements. Our responsibility is to promote our values. Regulations are required to prevent events like this from ever happening again, because they are giving Spanish football a very bad image … The Statutes should regulate when measures are to be applied or not”.
Freixa denied that Barça had benefited from a similar pardon to prevent the closure of the Camp Nou, observing that in that case, there had been a change in the Statutes that was passed by General Assembly.
Preliminary fiscal closure
Freixa also explained that the Board has passed a preliminary fiscal closure for the 2011-12 financial year. As an audit’s report is not available, he was unable to provide exact figures, but could report an annual balance of over 40 million euros.
Plan to improve stewarding service
The Board has also approved a plan to improve and modernise the stewarding service in the stadium, which will involve outsourcing of the service at the entrances to the Camp Nou terraces. The aim of this measure is to improve the services offered to supporters and members, make the resources more flexible to the real needs of each individual match, implement standards, homogenise the service, and improve the general image.
The staff that until now have dealt with the services at the turnstiles and entrances to the terraces will work exclusively at the turnstiles, a strategically important service because it marks the first point of contact with members. Therefore, the club plans to invest in these members of staff and train them in customer care, conflict management, emergency plans, and new organisational and management systems.
Renewed sponsorships and two new agreements
Toni Freixa also announced that FC Barcelona has renewed its sponsorship agreements with La Caixa until the 2015-16 season; with Telefónica until 2013-14; and with Alusport, sponsor of the futsal team, for two more years with the option to a third.
Finally, FC Barcelona has signed two agreements. The first is with Ramon Llull University for the creation of a Barça lecture hall and participation in a sports journalism masters course. The second is with the Catalan Tourist Board, and will promote the club around the world.