Barcelona have announced today that the club's presidential elections have been postponed after a rise in coronavirus cases prompted heavy restrictions in the region.
The elections were set for January 24 but the Catalonian government told the club this morning that exceptions to the rules would not be made to allow people to vote.
The delay means Barcelona will not have a new regime in charge for the last week of the January transfer window while Lionel Messi's future is set to remain unresolved for a while longer.
ℹ️ ELECTIONS 2021: Date of the elections for the presidency of FC Barcelona will have to be postponed.— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) January 15, 2021
A statement read: "For its part, the club has understood the impossibility of holding elections on the scheduled date due to mobility restrictions decreed by the Catalan Government in the current context of pandemic, which is why the date of the elections must be delayed."
"In this sense, the club has asked the Catalan Government to evaluate the possibility of modifying the current sports legislation in order to enable voting by post on the new date of the elections, a request that the Government has undertaken to study."
Joan Laporta, Victor Font, and Toni Freixa are the three candidates who will look to get votes for the top seat.