Boluda sets date for Real presidential election

MADRID - Real Madrid took steps on Sunday towards resolving the uncertainty at the club caused by December's resignation of president Ramon Calderon by confirming his interim successor and setting a date for a new election. Members meeting in the Spanish capital ratified the appointment of stop-gap president Vicente Boluda by 943 votes to 248, the club said on its website. Boluda, who took over after Calderon was forced to step down when he was implicated in voting irregularities at the club's assembly in December, said the presidential election would likely be held on June 14 or possibly a week earlier. "This electoral process will not interfere with the progress of the soccer and basketball teams, in the thick of their championships, and will allow the next president plenty of time to prepare for next season," Boluda told members. The lack of a more permanent solution has disrupted the Spanish champions' planning and raised doubts about the future of some players, including Italian defender Fabio Cannavaro whose contract expires at the end of the season. Former president Florentino Perez, architect of the "galacticos" policy that brought big name players like David Beckham and Zinedine Zidane to the club, is widely tipped to win the June vote though he has yet to confirm his candidacy. Perez has been linked in the media with bids for players including Manchester United winger Cristiano Ronaldo, Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas and AC Milan playmaker Kaka.