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Real Madrid president to resign over rigged assembly claims

MADRID, January 15 – Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon will resign on Friday in the wake of allegations that he rigged last month's annual general assembly which approved the club's accounts for 2008 and 2009, Spanish media reported late on Thursday.RAMON_CALDERON

Calderon will be replaced by the defending Spanish champion’s current vice-president, Vicente Bolunda, radio Onda Cero reported.
Members of the board of Real have demanded that the 57-year-old "urgently" step down which could "speed up his resignation and he could announce it tonight or tomorrow," the online edition of El Mundo reported, citing unnamed club sources.
Late on Wednesday Calderon, whose four-year mandate expires in 2010, said he had fired two of his close aides over the affair but he rejected calls that he step down, saying he had done nothing wrong.
"Quitting is for cowards. Leaving would not fix anything, it would leave a void and force the club to call elections," he told a news conference.
Sports daily Marca alleged Tuesday that he stacked a December 7 annual general assembly with fake delegates to get the club’s annual accounts and electoral assembly members approved by a slim margin.
The next day it published a photograph on its front page taken at the assembly with a yellow circle around the heads of ten delegates who it says had voted even though they were not authorized to do so.
The daily published a new picture on Thursday to back its claim that Calderon knew personally some of the unauthorised persons who voted at the assembly, a charge the Real president denied a day earlier at the news conference.
Calderon had said late on Tuesday in a radio interview that he would probably not stand for re-election when his current mandate ends in 2010.
Earlier Thursday sports daily AS, which is close to Real, said he would probably try to save his head until the end of the season before calling elections over the summer.
Calderon has come out of favour with many Real supporters due to his failure to fulfill promises to bring Manchester United’s Portuguese winger Cristiano Ronaldo and AC Milan’s Brazilian playmaker Kaka to the Spanish giants.
The crisis over the general assembly comes as Real has started to close the gap with its arch rivals Barcelona since Ramos was made coach in December and are preparing to face Liverpool in the Champions League knockout stages in February and March.
While the defending Spanish champions are in second place, they still trail the Catalan side in the Spanish league by 12 points.
Real face Osasuna at home on Sunday in the Spanish league. Earlier Thursday defender Javia Garcia assured reporters that the squad had not been affected by the controversy.
"I’ll be honest and will not lie. Nothing has been discussed in the locker room. We keep out of all that," he told reporters on Thursday when asked if the issue had been discussed in the dressing room.
Real Madrid were the world’s largest revenue-generating club for the third successive season in the 2006/07 season, according to an annual ranking compiled by business advisory firm Deloitte.
The reigning Spanish champions overtook Manchester United as the biggest football club by revenue in the 2004/05 season after a policy of signing big names like David Beckham and Luis Figo led to a surge in sales of replica shirts and other items.

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  1. upuzi_tele

    September 27, 2012 at 8:45 am

    “However, as all Kenyans recognize, we still have a lot more work to do. ”
    “Poverty, disease and unemployment ” INSECURITY, TRIBALISM AND CORRUPTION” still remain a big challenge for us. ”
    That is exactly what he was supposed to say.

    • Tony

      September 27, 2012 at 1:18 pm

      I think the former give rise to the later, boss.

  2. elijah

    September 27, 2012 at 11:44 am

    We have made strides…we shall over come!

  3. Kwessi Pratt

    September 27, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    Kenyans indeed have alot of work to do. Infact, your Excellency, you must protect them from arrogant tribalism thats being paraded by certain presidential candidates. We need to nib in the bud tribal mischief being fronted as basis for better leadership. The country has been held back for so many years by characters with no more than tribal ideals roaming on the corridors of power. We need people who can move the country a head without relying on tribal numbers that mean nothing to majority of Kenyans. We need leaders who can see beyond the narrow confines of tribalism. Kenyans want selfishless leaders and you can easily guide them on that. Not individuals whose only claim to leadership is money stolen from the public.
    Obviously, we cant expect guys merely driven by big tribal numbers to solve our problems. Infact, the new constitution is being subverted by tribalism. Thats because while it was supposed to open leadership[ to all Kenyans, tribalism disguised a political numbers is being passed around to narrow the citizen’s right of choice. Indeed the fictitious so called two horse race is certainly intented to serve that purpose. You should guide Kenyans to reject tribalism at whatever guise.
    We should understand that if tribalism was never used as tool of denial, if not as utter discrimination, Kenya would very cohesive by now. It would even have economically taken off by now. I dare say guys came together at independence to pursue tribal interests! Thats why the likes of late Hon. R. G. Ngala fell on the wayside. We must face the truth and stand as Kenyans not as tribal units fighting for space. Furthermore, what are small communities supposed to do when big tribal numbers become deciding factor for country’s leadership? That in itself, is one sure way of brewing rebellion. Once small communities realize that there is nothing forr them at national level, disatisfication sets in. The likes of brother Uhuru Kenyatta and PM Raila Odinga must thus stop mischieviously forcing themselves on Kenyans. Leadership has to be defined by issues and issues alone. Arrogantly ridding on big tribal numbers is recipe for for chaos, if not outright disaster. Viewed in that background, it amounts to unforgivable treason!

    • Greenmarshmarrows

      September 28, 2012 at 5:58 am

      @Pratt, why dont you write your own blogg. do you seriously think anyone will read all this? Get a life

      • Kwessi Pratt

        September 28, 2012 at 6:20 am

        @Greenmarshmarrows: What difference would it make if we were to take you seriously? You are perhaps too frustrated and confused. Perhaps, as far as you are concerned, Kenyans “dont read” thats against you! Get over it pal and write something that makes sense. Dont give pointed directions that cant serve any purpose at all! Why waste time saying nothing, or you are holed in a cyber cafe?

        • Greenmarshmarrows

          September 28, 2012 at 6:30 am

          You got me laughing, you swallowed the bait. I just wanted to get into your nerves and did not mean to hurt you. Seriously! Dont take online comments so seriously.

          • Kwessi Pratt

            September 28, 2012 at 6:49 am

            @Greenmarshmarrows: Who says you got in to my nerves? And who told you am easily amused? Cant you attempt to be above the heritage of nonsense? Find something to do pal, times are hard! No time for kidding unless you are a mental case! No slur intented pal!

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