Freixa speaks on stripping Johan Cruyff off his 'honorary president' badge at Barcelona

Freixa speaks on stripping Johan Cruyff off his 'honorary president' badge at Barcelona

In 2010, Laporta's board named Cruyff honorary president while Rosell's board took it away a few months later.

Freixa said that the board carried out and investigation and concluded that such a position didn't exist.

He claims that the Dutchman returned the badge himself.

"After we verified that an 'honorary president' figure did not exist, I did not take Johan (Cruyff)'s badge. He returned it," former board member and current presidential candidate Toni Freixa has said in an interview with Antonio Perez.

In March 2010, Joan Laporta and his board named Barcelona icon Johan Cruyff as club's honorary president. Board member Joan Oliver said that it was a "decision to honour him as a player, coach and an inspirational, father figure of the success that the club enjoyed in 2009."

The Dutchman wasn't meant to directly take part in running the club's day-to-day affairs but would've had a series of formal duties.

However, Sandro Rosell won the elections later that year, and in July 2010, Johan was stripped off of his badge. Freixa was a part of Rosell's board at that time.

"It's completely unfair to claim that I'm not a 'Cruyffista', as I see football in that way. High line with interiors, possession football," Freixa added.

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