Juan Laporta returns as Barcelona president following election success
|Project reset! Juan Laporta returns as Barca president following the ouster of Barthomew. (Photo credit: Inside Barca)|
Joan Laporta has been elected the new president of Barcelona, returning to the post he previously held from 2003 to 2010.
Barca said 51,765 out of 109,531 eligible members had voted in the election, which was postponed from January due to coronavirus restrictions in Catalonia.
They travel to PSG for the second leg of their European tie on Wednesday.
Bartomeu was one of four people connected to the club arrested last Monday for his role in the "Barcagate" social media scandal following allegations of misappropriation of funds and corruption.
He was released on Tuesday and is awaiting a date to appear in court.
His stint in charge, when he worked closely with Johan Cruyff and alongside Manchester City duo Ferran Soriano and Txiki Begiristain, is also remembered for the signings of Ronaldinho, Deco and Samuel Eto'o. He was the president to put UNICEF on the front of Barca's shirts, too. He was unable to stand again in 2010, having served two mandates.
Sources have told ESPN Laporta hopes to visit the players at the training ground on Monday and plans to sit down with Messi after the PSG game on Wednesday, although he hinted on Sunday he could call Messi's dad, Jorge, before then.