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I’m Scared Messi Could Leave Barcelona Due To The Club’s Board : Former Barca President Joan Laporta

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Former Barcelona president, Joan Laporta has admitted he’s “scared” star player Lionel Messi might leave the club due to the current board members that control affairs at the club.

Messi is contracted at Camp Nou until 2021 but there have been reports that he has issues with Barca’s current president Josep Maria Bartomeu and other board members, with further reports indicating that the Argentine is considering his future at the club he has played for since the age of 12.

Bartomeu recently said Messi will re-sign and likely see out his career at Barcelona but Laporta has noted Barca’s current board members could force their star into a corner and make him reconsider his future.

“I want him to stay in 2021 but I am scared that a bad decision of this board could result in an irreversible decision,” Laporta said of Messi at an event at Sant Joan de Deu hospital on Wednesday.

“It’s not BarcaGate, it’s BartoGate, I am worried about how the status of the club is being put at risk.”

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Laporta, who wants to run for Barcelona president again, has also warned club legend Xavi against returning to manage the club until new board members are brought in.

“If I was Xavi, I would never be back with this board,” Laporta said.

“Every day I have more desire to take part in the election. Some concrete conditions are needed for me to feel comfortable to run right now rather than resist for a few more years.”

Speaking in May, Laporta revealed he’d love for Pep Guardiola to return and manage the club.

“I’m working to introduce myself as a presidential candidate,” Laporta told TV3.

“I’ve been president before and I’m excited to be back. The situation in 2021 will be dramatic and we’ll have to reverse it. I’m working with people I trust.

“I would very much like Guardiola to come back, but now he is at City and it is a decision that Pep should take. He is a benchmark for Barcelona and many Catalans would like him to train Barca again.

“At the right time, I will speak to the person we think should be Barca coach from 2021.”

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We Are Not Removing NDC Supporters Names From Voters Register : EC Refutes John Mahama’s ‘Unfounded Allegations’

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The Electoral Commission (EC) has debunked claims to the effect that the Electoral Management Body is carrying out an agenda to remove the names of National Democratic Congress’ (NDC) supporters and sympathizers from the voters’ register.

The EC is asking the general public to disregard the allegations, stressing it is false. “The Commission has, from the beginning of the compilation of the Voters Register, lived up to its motto: Fairness, Transparency, and Accountability.

Indeed, at every point, we have provided factual, accurate, and evidence-based information to our Stakeholders on voter statistics per region, district, gender, age among others. To date, every interested Ghanaian has information on the number of persons who registered in the just concluded Voter Registration Exercise based on the information we provided.

“It is a paradox, therefore, to suggest that the same Commission now seeks to remove persons from the Voters Register. Had that been the agenda of the Commission, it would not have given detailed information to Stakeholders throughout the Registration process. We assure the General Public that these allegations are unfounded,” a statement by the Electoral Commission read.

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56% Of Ghanaians Believe John Mahama Has Better Economic Track Record

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Results of the second wave of the Ghana Election Poll which ran online from July 1 to August 1, 2020, via the renowned market research firm MSI-ACI showed that a large number of Ghanaian believe former President John Dramani Mahama has a better economic track record than President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.

More than half of Ghanaian adults (56%) out of the weighted sample of 2,055 who took part in the poll believe that the former president has a better track record on the economy and 40% think so for the current president. 4% of the respondents did not attribute a better economic track record to either candidate.

Also, more than half of males and females (55% and 57% respectively) believe that John Dramani Mahama has a better track record on the economy, as compared to 41% and 38% respectively for males and females who believe the same for President Akufo-Addo.

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Bayern Munich Wins The UEFA Super Cup

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Bayern Munich took on Sevilla for European supremacy in the Uefa Super Cup. Hansi Flick’s side looked dominant as ever with the addition of Leroy Sane, despite Thiago Alcantara’s departure.

While the Spaniards will hope to prove they belong in the top tier of European football after once again clinching glory in the Europa League last term.

The Bavarians targeted a defence of their Champions League title as the got the and victory in a 2-1 duel. Goals came from Lucas Ocampos 12 for Sevilla through a penalty while Leon Goretzka in the 33min and Javi Martínez a substitute in the 103min as they went for extra time.

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