April 13, 2021

Barça withdraws honorific honors to Franco

Barça withdraws honorific honors to Franco

FC Barcelona has annulled the honorary distinctions awarded to Francisco Franco in the 70s, in an agreement reached on Monday at a meeting of the Board of Directors, and insisted on asking that "politics and dialogue" resolve the conflict that exists in Catalonia and not "a trial" like the one that begins this Tuesday to the main independentistas leaders, informs Ep.

"The Board of Directors has agreed to render ineffective the distinctions granted to General Francisco Franco in 1971 and 1974, and all the honorific effects linked to its delivery, today's agreement must be ratified by partners in the next Assembly of Committees," revealed the club.

The spokesman of the Board of Directors, Josep Vives, explained in a press conference that the distinctions to Franco are a curious "case". "Some members asked the club to remove the medals, but there was no record in any act of the Board of Directors that said they had been given medals, but a graphic file," he explained.

"The documentation center worked to know how it had happened, what was the context, what had led the Board of Directors at that time to do this … And, 'de facto', there were those medals and the Board made the decision to take it to the Assembly of Committees, who will vote on the withdrawal of the medals, "he argued.

In 1971 the Board of Directors of the club awarded Franco the gold medal commemorating the inauguration of the Palau Blaugrana. In 1974 he was awarded the gold medal commemorating the platinum wedding of the club, bound by the unwritten rule implying that newly created distinctions were always to be granted for the first time to the General.

In this case, FC Barcelona had awarded the newly-created club gold medal for the first time to Peña Blaugrana de Manresa, as the organizer of the first Barcelona club match in Montserrat. "At the request of the authorities of the time, the club created a new medal that was delivered to Franco a week after the acts of Manresa," said the entity.

On the other hand, Vives detailed the position of the Blaugrana club regarding the trial that begins this Tuesday on the independence process in Catalonia. "There must be a political resolution, never within the framework of a judicial process, never." Barça has shown absolutely against pretrial detention, which is very unfair, we said and we say it now, "Vives stressed.

"Those of us who experience the facts firsthand are very clear about what happened here and that the resolution of the conflict must go through politics and dialogue, not through a trial," he added in this regard.

Changes in the Board

The club revealed some changes of function within its Board of Directors. The up to now secretary of the Board, Jordi Calsamiglia, has asked for his replacement to join the Compliance Committee, although he will maintain his functions as president of the Disciplinary Committee and as patron and secretary of the Board of Trustees, as well as other functions in the Social Area .

The position of secretary of the Board will be held by the vice-secretary of the Board of Directors, Maria Teixidor, responsible for women's soccer and president of the Edelmira Calvetó Group. On the other hand, Josep Pont has been appointed director responsible for the Commercial Area. Xavier Vilajoana will make his responsibility in formative football compatible with the Masía 360 project.

In the executive sphere, Albert Soler, director of Professional Sports, will also assume the institutional sports relations of the football area, specifically with FIFA, UEFA, ECA, RFEF, FCF, and the LFP.

The Board of Directors also agreed to propose the renewal for a period of five years of the Soci's Trustee, Joan Manel Trayter, who has held this position since 2014. In accordance with the provisions of the Club's Bylaws, this appointment must be ratified by members in the next Assembly of Committees.

Vives also expressed the condolences of the Board of Directors for the death of Josep Maria Selva Vallespinosa, the club's number 1 partner, since January 3, 1931. The new member number 1 is Manuel Maños Gonzalbo, 97 years old, with membership of September 5, 1932.


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