3 out of 4 want Qatar Airways out of the jersey
FC Barcelona's presidential election is going to be held this Saturday. The candidates have different offers and improvements for the club, such as recovering the good results of the Academy, improving the members' season tickets or considering which is the best way to rebuild Camp Nou. But above all, there's one debate that highlights: the sponsorship of Qatar Airways in the jersey. There are 4 candidates and only the former President, Josep Maria Bartomeu, would like to maintain the agreement.
Many people in Qatar are suffering from terrible living conditions, and many have said that the country is financing Islamic State, a Salafi jihadi extremist militant group.
Sandro Rosell won election in 2010 and one year later he replaced UNICEF (the agreement reached by former president Joan Laporta, who is now running up for the election again) for Qatar Foundation, which become Qatar Airways two years later.
Now these are the proposals of the four candidates for the sponsorship of the jersey:
Josep Maria Bartomeu
The president of the club so far wants to keep Qatar Airways in the jersey, as he was part of Rosell's board when the agreement was closed. He has defended that this is the only company that would allow to earn about €30 milion per season and that they only have relation with a plane company, not with terrorism. After hard criticism from the other candidates, he has started to say there could be other options, but he hasn't explained any publicly.
He was president from 2003 to 2010 and was the person who placed UNICEF in the jersey. now 5 years later he wants to reign again in the club and he has promised he would take Qatar away. He set two options: finding a sponsor to pay for UNICEF to be in the shirt or to find another sponsor. He hasn't announced which these sponsors could be, as he said that he would do it once he was president, with more power to negotiate.
Another critical voice regarding Qatar Airways. And he has the alternative. This Wednesday he presented "Flight Without Wings", a energy drink company from India, as the new sponsor for the jersey if he wins election. He explained they would pay €70-80 milion per year.
Despite he was part of Rosell's board and he voted YES to link to Qatar, Freixa has now his own candidacy and also wants this sponsorhip away of the club. However he hasn't talked about alternative options like the other two candidates.