Rosell: “Now is the time to congratulate our players, enjoy the titles and forget about controversies”
The FC Barcelona President Sandro Rosell addressed the audience at the 32nd Supporters Clubs Congress. He looked back on the 2010/11 season and spoke positively about all of the sporting activities at the club. He explained why FC Barcelona did not file a formal complaint against Mourinho and he asked for a cooling down for everybody’s sake.
Barcelona (FCB).- FC Barcelona\u2019s President, Sandro Rosell, started his speech in front of the 32nd Supporters Clubs Congress by saying that \u201Cthe Board qualifies the work as excellent\u201D. He spent several minutes heaping praise on both the football team and the other four professional sections, and also the amateur and youth squads, who have been reinforced by the presence of the new Masia, which is to be called the Oriol Tort Training Centre.
Improvements in economic and patrimonial areas
There was also good new in a financial sense. \u201CDespite the investments in the Masia, we have made improvements and recovered assets. We have provisionally put a stop to the requalification of the Miniestadi. We don\u2019t want to sell it and do want it to remain part of our fixed assets.\u201D Rosell admitted that some \u201Cextreme austerity measures\u201D have been implemented because of the need to \u201Clook after our money, just like our parents and grandparents taught us, especially when it\u2019s not your own money\u201D.
Recovered institutional relations
Rosell was also pleased to say that \u201Cwe have recovered good relations with all institutions. It wasn\u2019t easy, but we think we have managed to put an end to the excessive amount of politics associated to the club.\u201D Barça\u2019s President thinks it is important to maintain such good relations in order to deal with the forthcoming changes, which include a new Palau Blaugrana, an improved Camp Nou and new machines in the Ice Rink.
Spanish Supercup controversy
Rosell wants to put the controversy of the Supercup behind him. On the lodging of a formal complaint against José Mourinho, he said \u201Cwe decided not to make one after speaking to the Sports Director for Professional Football, Andoni Zubizarreta, the coach Josep Guardiola and his assistant, Tito Vilanova. We agreed that was the best thing to do. This week we have an important European Supercup match and we don\u2019t want people talking about anything else\u201D.
Rosell spoke shortly before the appearance of Cesc and Alexis in Barcelona\u2019s Palau de Congressos, where the Congress is being held. He mentioned Tito Vilanova, the main victim of Wednesday\u2019s ugly scenes. \u201CHe asked us not to take the matter any further\u201D, he said. \u201CPublic opinion has already made itself clear. It is clear that what this man [José Mourinho] did was wrong and that has been said. Not only that, but the authorities are on holiday right now and complaints are made about actions that might have happened or not. In this case, it is clear what happened, and the Federation will take action if it wants to\u201D.
Need for calm
The president ended by speaking about an incident in Madrid, when stones were thrown at the Barça bus on arrival at the Santiago Bernabéu. \u201CThat shows that the situation is not good. It is not good in terms of society, or of relations in the sports world. We have to stay sober, reduce the animosity, and make things calmer, or otherwise we\u2019ll end up killing each other in the street. It is not us that has the problem, it\u2019s them\u201D, he said. \u201COur hearts want one thing, but our sobriety has demanded something else. Now is the time to congratulate our players, enjoy the titles and forget this matter\u201D.