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Barcelona club postpones presidential election over COVID-19 fears

Barcelona club postpones presidential election over COVID-19 fears

FILE PHOTO: A giant electoral poster of FC Barcelona presidential hopeful Joan Laporta is seen on a building next to the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium in Madrid, Spain - December 15, 2020. REUTERS/Juan Medina

BARCELONA: FC Barcelona has postponed its presidential election originally scheduled for Jan. 24 due to a spike in coronavirus cases in the region of Catalonia, the Catalan government said on Friday.

The regional government, who met with Barca representatives on Friday, had extended restrictions a day earlier to fight the spread of the virus, preventing people from leaving their municipality unless for work, education or medical reasons.

Former president Joan Laporta, entrepreneur Victor Font and former director Toni Freixa are the final three candidates for the election, which is being held to choose a successor after Josep Maria Bartomeu resigned last October.

(Reporting by Joan Faus; writing by Inti Landauro, Editing by Andrei Khalip)

Source: Reuters

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