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Josep Maria Bartomeu is no longer president of Barcelona. He resigned Tuesday after facing tons of public pressure -- including, he says, "threats and insults" -- and a de facto impeachment vote he would almost certainly have lost.
One, perhaps superficial, reading is that this is a triumph for democracy -- or, at least, the version that governs Futbol Club Barcelona. Bartomeu was elected, his actions displeased voters, and there was a mechanism in place for him to be recalled. Enough public pressure was exerted from both within (Gerard Pique, Lionel Messi) and without (parts of the media, former presidents) that voters took action.
This is an option that fans of other clubs with unpopular leaders do not have, and however imperfect Barcelona's setup might be, there's a voice for supporters beyond the usual boycotts and voting with your wallet.
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The old maxim is that democracy is the fairest system of government, but dictatorship is the most efficient. There's some truth to that in football. If you have absolute…
CONWAY The core value of the Conway Kiwanis Club is to serve the children in the community. In years past, the club did this by providing Breakfast With Santa, donating money to the Boys & Girls Club of Faulkner County or sending food baskets to families in need at Christmastime.
“It does a look a little bit different now, but service in the community is important to me,” said Brett McDaniel, newly elected Kiwanis Club president. “Our mission is to simply serve the children in the community, and we are going to find ways to do exactly that.”
He did say that as of now, the club is still planning to host Breakfast With Santa in December, but with social distancing and certain guidelines in place. He said the Kiwanis are currently looking at doing photos with Santa with benches on either side of him and allowing cars to drive up and let children get their photo taken with Santa. McDaniel said club members also want to provide food boxes for those in need. The club may have fewer resources to distribute boxes this year because it has not been able to hold fundraisers, but members are still making plans…
"Our supporters were devastated, Bob Skilton was angry and now all is forgiven. You can stick your head in the sand and pretend it's not an issue or you can face up to scrutiny and accountability."
With Pridham's call growing legs the AFL Commission view is that clubs believe the game can no longer afford the lack of accountability of cash-strapped teams that have historically made repeated poor decisions, draining the game's resources, something COVID cabinet presidents Kennett and Peter Gordon put on the agenda earlier in the year.
But West Coast chairman Russell Gibbs said clubs should not fear an independent review. "People go into their fear space but it's good governance," he said. "I'd definitely support it and particularly after what we've been through this year. It needs to be something all stakeholders buy into."
Added Richmond's Peggy O'Neal: "It should happen as a matter of course. It's common practice for boards to undergo a review every three years or so. I think it's only to improve things and it might be good to have a look at everything. One thing we know about the future is that it is not going to look like the past."