Bartomeu re-elected as Barcelona president

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has been re-elected to lead the treble winners for the next six years after a vote on Saturday, beating former incumbent Joan Laporta.

 

Bartomeu endured a turbulent spell at the helm having taken over in January 2014 from Sandro Rosell who stood down following the Neymar transfer scandal.

But buoyed by Barca’s victory in the Champions League along with triumphs in La Liga and the King’s Cup, Bartomeu saw off the challenge from Laporta, president of the Catalan club from 2003 to 2010.

Bartomeu was expected to win but his margin of victory surprised many – he took over 50% of the vote from the club’s members or socios. The other defeated candidates were Agusti Benedito and Toni Freixa.