Barcelona first vice-president and presidential candidate Alfons Godall has put out the following statement after the latest reports about Barcelona president Joan Laporta and the majority of the board giving their support to Barcelona assets vice-president Jaume Ferrer (read more here):
"Regarding to reports in the last hours, I want to clarify that:
I'm not withdrawing.
The president and other members of the current board of directors of FC Barcelona have decided to give their support to another board colleague to lead what they call the continuity candidacy.
I believe in the +BARÇA model.
My proposal for the future Barça that is called +BARÇA guarantees the successful management model in the sports, economic and social area, the catalanism of the club and the solidary and global commitment of the club.
I represent an integrative candidacy.
I've always been a supporter of coming together and joining forces, overcoming old disputes, and leaving room for new people and new ideas. In this regard, I have always been open to reach an agreement with other people because I believe that joining forces is a wonderful opportunity to win and to guarantee a good management proposal.
I do not believe in self-centredness.
I did not want to accept dictates about not integrating other people in my project. I think that projects are more important than people; therefore I will never put my leadership before the project.
I continue working.
Because of all that, I wish to declare that I continue working to make possible this future option, that is open and integrative, that guarantees the successful model, the catalanism of the club and its commitment to solidarity.
I thank you for the expressions of support I have received in the last hours and we will stay in touch through the usual channels."
Ferrer becomes official continuity candidate