Barcelona drop plans to redesign badge after fan protest

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has dropped plans to change the club’s badge amid huge fan unrest.

Last month, the LaLiga champions announced that they would revamp their crest for the first time since 2002 to introduce a more modern design.

But the club’s decision to remove the letters FCB – ‘Futbol Club Barcelona’ – caused outrage among supporters for historical, political and cultural reasons.

In 1941, the former Spain’s dictator General Franco forced the club to replace FCB with CFB – ‘Club de Futbol Barcelona’ – on its badge to reflect the Spanish version of its name. It was not until 1974 that the club’s crest reverted to its original lettering, which remains a huge source of pride for Barcelona fans.

After postponing a vote on the issue at the club’s Annual General Meeting on Saturday, Bartomeu has dropped the plans completely.

“There were doubts about whether the AGM was the right place to decide the matter,” Bartomeu told Catalunya Ràdio on Monday. “Some people thought it should have gone to a referendum. [In the end] we got rid of the issue, it was democratic.

“It was as simple as removing something because the members did not accept it. Now we will have some internal reflection over the badge.”

He added: “FCB will appear on any future changes, that’s clear. But there’s no rush.”