Featured Matches
Previous
Manchester City
Liverpool
(1) 2
(3) 2
FT-Pens
Game Details
Bayern Munich
Guadalajara
1
0
FT
Game Details
AS Trencin
Hull City
0
0
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
Mlada Boleslav
Lyon
1
4
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
Real Sociedad
Aberdeen
2
0
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
Shakhter Karagandy
Hajduk Split
4
2
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
Astana 1964
AIK Solna
1
1
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
Neftchi Baku PFC
Chikhura Sachkhere
0
0
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
Omonia Nicosia
Metalurg
3
0
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
FK Astra Giurgiu
Liberec
3
0
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
Ruch Chorzow
Esbjerg FB
0
0
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
Dinamo Moscow
Hapoel Kiryat Shmona
1
1
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
Elfsborg
FH Hafnarfjordur
4
1
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
Karabükspor
Rosenborg
0
0
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
Mlada Boleslav
Lyon
1
4
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
AS Trencin
Hull City
0
0
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
Brommapojkarna
Torino
0
3
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
PSV Eindhoven
St. Pölten
1
0
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
Dinamo Minsk
CFR Cluj-Napoca
1
0
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
IFK Goteborg
Rio Ave
0
1
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
FC Zorya Luhansk
Molde
1
1
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
BSC Young Boys
Ermis Aradippou
1
0
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
RNK Split
FC Chornomorets Odessa
2
0
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
S.V. Zulte Waregem
Shakhter Soligorsk
2
5
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
Petrolul Ploiesti
Viktoria Plzen
1
1
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
Víkingur Gøta
Rijeka
1
5
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
Mainz
Asteras Tripolis
1
0
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
Diosgyor VTK
Kuban Krasnodar
1
5
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
Stjarnan
Lech Poznan
1
0
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
FK Sarajevo
Atromitos
1
2
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
Real Sociedad
Aberdeen
2
0
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
Club Brugge
Brøndby
3
0
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
St Johnstone
FC Spartak Trnava
1
2
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
SV Grödig Amateure
Zimbru Chisinau
1
2
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
Bayern Munich
Guadalajara
1
0
FT
Game Details
Londrina
Santos FC
2
1
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
Coritiba FBC
Paysandu SC
2
0
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
Unión Comercio
Sport Huancayo
3
0
FT
Game Details
Melgar
San Martin
2
1
FT
Game Details
Sporting Cristal
León de Huánuco
4
0
FT
Game Details
Sky Blue FC
Western New York Flash
1
0
FT
Game Details
Next
 Posted by Dermot Corrigan
Apr 4, 2014

Barca reject Qatar naming rights claim

ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno gauges his level of concern for Barcelona after a wave of injuries hit their defense.

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has denied that naming rights for a redeveloped Camp Nou have already been sold to the club’s commercial partners in Qatar.

• Real Madrid deny Barca 'conspiracy'
• Corrigan: What the transfer ban means
• Tomas: Where do Barca go from here?
• Ledwith: Off-field gloom at Camp Nou

Barca’s members are set to vote on Saturday on whether to accept a 600 million euro reform project proposed by the Blaugrana board, which would see the stadium expanded to seat 105,000 spectators and also include new “Espai Barca” corporate hospitality facilities and upgrades to the arenas used by the club’s other sports teams by 2021. The club has said that should the proposal be accepted partial naming rights for the new football ground will be sold for around 200 million euros, to help finance the construction project.

Former Barcelona presidential candidate Agusti Benedito has called for the proposal to be rejected, saying the plans made public so far were like “smoke” and he had evidence the whole development had been planned in association with Qatar.

Bartomeu told a news conference that he would prefer naming rights for the redeveloped ground to be sold to someone other than Barca’s current shirt sponsor.

“Qatar is not behind the reform,” Bartomeu said. “We don’t want the same sponsor to pay for so many assets. It’s better to diversify.”

Bartomeu, who said he hoped socios’ votes would not be influenced by issues such as the investigation into Neymar’s transfer last summer or the transfer ban imposed by FIFA this week, called for a turnout similar to the club’s 2010 presidential elections, when 57,088 members voted.

“What we really want is a good turnout, for people to come and voice their opinions,” he said. “I call upon the members to come and vote on Saturday for what they think would be best for the club. If the members come and vote, it’ll be a great example of how we do things here, where the big decisions are made by the members, the owners of the club.”

The club have spent one million euro on an “information campaign” -- labelled “propaganda” by Benedito -- ahead of the vote, something Bartomeu said had helped persuade socios to vote yes.

“The campaign has gone down very well among the members,” he said. “We have set standards for transparency and clarity, and have cleared up all of their doubts.”

Comments

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.