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06.11.2009 18:48

Joan Gamper named number one fan


FC Barcelona founder Joan Gamper is set to become club member number one on a permanent basis after the delegate commission approved the decision made at the General Assembly in the summer.

Corporate director general Joan Oliver made the announcement at a press conference on Friday. "We will retire the number one for Joan Gamper and from now on the number two will be seen as the oldest club membership number and will be recognised as such."

Homage to César Rodríguez

Former Barça star César Rodríguez will be honoured during the club's Copa del Rey encounter with Cultural Leonesa on November 10 in Camp Nou. Born in Leon, Rodríguez played for the Blaugrana in the 1940's and 50's.

Ground improvements

2009-11-06_RUEDA_DE_PRENSA_JOAN_OLIVER_006.JPGThe delegate commission has approved €500,000 to be spent on improvements to the club's facilities. Astroturf pitches will be laid at the club's Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper while lighting at Camp Nou will be improved. All the work will be carried out over the Christmas holiday break.

Tax proposals

Reflecting on the plans by the Spanish government to do away with the Beckham Rule for high earners, Oliver stated that it will have little affect to Barça. "In general it will not cause us any problem because Barça negotiate contracts in gross amounts and we have a great history of promoting our homegrown players to the first team."
Joan Gamper named number one fan
Answering Masfurroll
Joan Oliver has responded to former Barça vice president Gabriel Masfurroll's statements that the security audit cost €367,000 but had been broken down into amounts less than €50,000 so that they did not have to be put before the board. "We explained at the time that the price was €56,000," the corporate director general said. "If anyone does not believe that then they must have their own agenda and should prove it. The board has never broken down amounts like that."

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