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Rosell wins Barcelona presidential election

Sandro Rosell promised FC Barcelona fans "I will not let you down" after winning the election to succeed outgoing president Joan Laporta with a 61% share of the 57,000-plus votes cast.

Sandro Rosell will succeed Joan Laporta as Barcelona president
Sandro Rosell will succeed Joan Laporta as Barcelona president ©Getty Images

Sandro Rosell will become the new FC Barcelona president on 1 July after winning 61% of the vote in Sunday's election to succeed the outgoing Joan Laporta.

The former club vice-president was a clear winner in the election, which saw 57,088 members vote; his nearest competitors Agustín Benedito and Marc Ingla polled 14% and 12% of the vote respectively. "I will not let you down," said the 46-year-old, adding: "The winner in this election has been Barcelona's members. The high turn-out has shown fans' desire to play their part and show commitment to the club."

The club's 39th president elect has already spoken to Barcelona coach Josep Guardiola as the Spanish champions begin to plan for the 2010/11 season. "I have spoken to Pep and before he goes on holiday and I'll try to help upgrade the team in the last few days before I take over. We spoke about the elections for about ten minutes, but will sit down in a few days to talk further."