Rosell mulls over shirt deal

One of the leading candidates to become president of Barcelona this

summer has said he would consider breaking the club’s tradition of

not selling advertising on players’ shirts.

Sandro Rosell, who is expected to run in elections to replace

outgoing president Joan Laporta, said that financial issues must be

taken into consideration with regard to shirt sponsorship.

Since 2006, Barcelona players have worn the UNICEF logo on

their shirts and the club pays the organization €1.5 million

($2.0 million) per year for them to do so. The club has never sold

shirt advertising in its 111-year history.

Rosell is a former Barca vice president who left the club in

2005 after a dispute with Laporta.