Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon says he won't stand for another term. Calderon fired two close aides yesterday and insisted he would not resign over a voting scandal.
Calderon fired membership officials Mariano Rodriguez Barutell and Luis Barcena after a Spanish newspaper claimed Tuesday that an important general assembly vote in December was manipulated.
Sports daily Marca reported that Calderon's budget - in effect a vote of confidence - was passed only because his directors admitted nonmembers into the general assembly and denied entry to about 200 real members. The newspaper printed pictures of at least 10 of those falsely admitted.
"None of us had any direct or indirect participation in such events," Calderon said on Madrid's website. "No one maintains relations with those people who appear in the photographs in question."
The 57-year-old lawyer won the tense Dec. 7 assembly by 47 votes, with a large part of the 1,215 members in attendance calling for his resignation. Nearly 80,000 fans at Santiago Bernabeu stadium later that day called on him to step down at halftime of Madrid's 4-3 loss to Sevilla.
Calderon refused Wednesday to call a snap general election but said he was ready to repeat the general assembly.
Calderon had said that he would not run for a second term in 2010.
"It's an honour to be Real Madrid president, a joy to win two consecutive leagues for the first time in 21 years, but I don't have any interest in staying here," Calderon told Cadena Ser radio late Tuesday. "I won't stand for re-election."