The president, in an opinion-editorial article published in La Vanguardia, affirms that "we are working towards finding a solution that addresses three challenges"
He writes that the Club must "guarantee security, comply with the law and maintain its ancestral tradition"
Toni Freixa announced on Monday that children under the age of 8 could only have access the stadium if they had a ticket or season pass
This Sunday, Sandro Rosell explained in an opinion-editorial article published by La Vanguardia that the Club wants “the 20,000 children under the age of 8 to continue getting free access” to the Camp Nou and that the Board of Directors is working “towards a solution that will address three challenges” that will resolve the issue outlined by Toni Freixa on Monday: that only children under the age of 8 who have a ticket or season pass will be able to attend the Camp Nou starting this Saturday, which coincides with the Barça-Madrid match.
The article, titled ‘Decisions,’ states: “We are working towards solution that will address three challenges: it will have to guarantee security, follow the law and maintain our ancestral tradition which makes us different. We have more than 20,000 Club members who are under the age of eight and we want them to continue to have free access to the Camp Nou as they have up until now – we want them to continue to enjoy their idols’ matches – but only when they have a ticket and when security conditions allow it.”
He adds: “We must find a solution that is the least unjust for members who do not have season tickets as they’ve been waiting a long time for a permanent spot in the stadium, and also for members under the age of eight who have season tickets paid for by their parents, grandparents or family members.
“This solution will probably involve some additional discomfort and what is certain is that [the Club] will forgo possible revenue from the tickets that will be reserved for the minors. But we accept this because we want Barça to maintain its status as a family-friendly Club, where different generations of Culés can enjoy the team together, with maximum security and ensuring compliance with the law,” writes Rosell.
On the decision taken by the Board of Directors this past week, Rosell notes: “My fellow Board members and I made this decision with sadness, but we didn’t vacillate, we knew the decision would be unpopular and we knew that it would erode our government action. I am reaffirmed in our decision with the passage of time, but I reiterate that the ideal scenario would have been to announce an alternative solution in conjunction with the Board's decision. But, given that that wasn’t possible, we preferred to first inform the members and fans who could be affected, because the match was less than two weeks away.”