Barcelona chief Bartomeu calls end-of-season elections

first_imgBy Tim HanlonBarcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has called presidential elections for the end of the season as a result of dissatisfaction with his running of the La Liga club, he told a news conference on Wednesday.The Catalan club were due to hold elections in 2016 but Bartomeu has decided to bring them forward a year following the dismissal of sports director Andoni Zubizarreta last Monday.“I have taken the decision so as to ease the tension which I believe to be disproportionate and doesn’t reflect the reality of the club,” Bartomeu told a news conference at the Nou Camp.“It is a club which is functioning well, we are going to construct a new stadium and on the sporting front we are still in all the competitions.“I ask that there is ‘fair play’ among all the candidates (for the election) and we all concentrate on what is best for the club.“It is best that mandates are completed but there has been too much tension over the last few weeks. We will continue our programme now and there will be no changes there. I have talked with the other board members but it is me that takes the decisions.“We will seek re-election. We started in 2010 and we want to keep going.”Zubizarreta’s sacking came in the aftermath of a FIFA ban on signings for two windows for a breach of rules on the transfer of foreign Under-18 players.Bartomeu said that it was necessary to make a change but that the dismissal was not directly related to the transfer ban.The president added that Zubizarreta’s replacement would be someone who knows the club well.“Zubizarreta has been in charge of the remodelling of the club but there has been a loss of confidence and so we decided that we needed to take action,” said Bartomeu.“This is nothing out of the ordinary, when there is a lack of confidence then you have to make changes.“Focusing on who will replace him then it will be someone from the club or someone who has been at the club. We want somebody that has Barca DNA.“I want to clarify that Zubizarreta was not part of transfers that led to the FIFA sanction, he did not authorise those signings.“Zubizarreta and (coach) Luis Enrique have worked well together and we aim to name his replacement in the coming days.”last_img read more

Former Hunter Willie Minoga in for big battle

first_imgThe Hunters are coming off a 4 game winning streak after recording a 28-20 victory over the Mackay Cutters in Round 4 last weekend.Currently situated in 3rd place on the ladder with an impressive 4 win and 1 loss record, the PNG Hunters are a strong physical side who will no doubt prove a handful for the Blackhawks on their home soil.It will be a game to watch as former Hunter Willie Minoga “the Mack Truck” will for the first time set foot on his home soil at the National Football Stadium with his new side the Blackhawks to go up against his former team mates.The Blackhawks have plenty of NRL experience across the park for this weekend, capably lead by Captain Glenn Hall who has 220 NRL games under his belt including Hooker Anthony Mitchell, who has also played 39 games in the NRL for three teams – the Parramatta Eels, Sydney Roosters and the North Queensland Cowboys plus Other NRL representatives in the Blackhawks lineup include Jahrome Hughes (Gold Coast Titans) and Jonathon Reuben (Sydney Roosters).Though the Blackhawks have NRL experienced players, the Hunters are preparing a team with a strong defensive play for this weekend’s meet despite a few minor changes to be made to the team due to the absence of forward Henry Wan.The Hunters once again have the power to change the match around with the advantage of the home crowd supporters.Hunters weekend team include; PNG Hunters 1. Stargroth Amean 2. Justin Olam 3. Noel Zeming (c) 4. Adex Wera 5. William Aquila 6. Watson Boas 7. Wartovo Puara 8. Henry Noki 9. Warren Glare 10. Esau Siune 11. Ishamel Baikawa 12. Tuvi Lepan 13. Brandy Peter 14. Adam Korave (c) 15. Enock Maki 16. Philimon Kimisive 17. Edward Goma 18. Timothy Lomai 19. Benjamin Hetra and Coach: Michael Marumlast_img read more