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Toni Freixa at Tuesday's press conference. PHOTO: VÍCTOR SALGADO-FCB.

Toni Freixa described today the agreements reached in Monday’s Board meeting.  The main change is that children under seven will need a numbered seat, either a match ticket or a season ticket, in order to attend the match against Real Madrid on 26th October (6 pm).  Traditionally, youngsters under seven have been allowed into the Camp Nou for free as long as they were accompanied by an adult.

Toni Freixa explained the reasons for the change: “Due to the 6 pm kick-off time set for Barça v Madrid, a capacity crowd is expected at the Camp Nou.  The last time a match was played at a special time, against Getafe last season, the 12 o’clock kick-off time attracted 10,000 children under the age of seven who accessed the Camp Nou without a ticket but accompanied by an adult”.  Given that a similar situation could arise again, and bearing in mind that – unlike that day last season – there are expected to be no empty seats, the decision has been taken to fulfil the regulations.

The last time there was a special kick-off time, against Getafe, more than 10,000 children under seven accessed the Camp Nou without a seat

A law passed in 2007 and developed by a Royal Decree of 2010, established that nobody may access a football match without a ticket and an assigned seat.  “To fulfil current regulations and to avoid exceeding capacity and what that could mean in the event of any incident, for the match Barça v Madrid, everyone who comes into the stadium must have the corresponding match ticket or season ticket, regardless of their age”.

A search for new formulas

The spokesman for the Board admitted, “It’s an unpopular decision”.  However, he hopes to find a better solution in the future.  “We will study, within the legal framework and in consultation with the Interior Ministry, ways to reconcile this with the family spirit of the Club”.  A commission has been set up to work on this issue.  But he made it clear that from now on children, just like other spectators, “must always have an assigned seat to access the stadium”.

We’re taking this decision as an exercise in responsibility; we prefer to take pre-emptive measures before regretting any misfortunes

Mr Freixa emphasised that any incident or evacuation in a situation of over capacity could be “an incalculable risk”. “We prefer to take pre-emptive measures before regretting any misfortunes”.

Other matters

Mr Freixa outlined a number of other issues discussed at the meeting, including sponsorship deals.  “With the same assets we will earn 8,750,000 euros more in this section”.  He explained that the Board has accepted an invitation from DiploCat (Public Diplomacy Council of Catalonia) to form part of the Plenary Council.  The Club will be represented by Carles Vilarrubí, vice-president of the institutional area.  Finally, Mr Freixa dismissed speculation about publicity in the Ciutat Esportiva. "Let it be absolutely clear that we have not breached any contract”.


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