Barca forced to delay elections because of COVID

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Catalonia's regional government told the club in a meeting on Saturday (AEDT) that it could not authorise members to travel to a polling station outside their local area on election day.

Because of these restrictions on movement, Barca has declared it impossible to hold elections as planned on 24 January.

There are three candidates still in the running for the presidency: favourite Joan Laporta, Victor Font and Toni Freixa.

"In this sense, the club has asked the Catalan Government to evaluate the possibility of modifying the current sports legislation in order to enable voting by post on the new date of the elections, a request that the Government has undertaken to study," a statement from the club read.

While Spain has so far resisted implementing a new stringent national lockdown, regional restrictions have been toughened in recent weeks because of increasing cases of COVID-19.

On Thursday, there were 35,878 confirmed cases of the virus – the second highest daily total – and 201 deaths across the country.

There are at least 19,000 people being treated in hospital having tested positive for the virus, forcing some areas to cancel non-essential surgeries. The country has partly blamed the rise in cases on the highly infectious new strain first identified in the United Kingdom.


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