The 12 team European Super League is yet to see daylight and has already caused much ruckus in the footballing world since Monday. Initially the competition was formed by 12 clubs from all over Europe, however subsequently many teams have pulled out from the competition after facing backlash from their fans.
All the 6 Premier League clubs have exited the Super League and even Italian clubs like AC Milan and Inter have followed suit. However, FC Barcelona have confirmed that they would continue their support of the Super league despite the huge amount of pressure created on them by the club’s fans.
Only FC Barcelona and Real Madrid remain in the Super League
FC Barcelona are of the opinion that not joining the cash-rich Super League would be a “historical error”, one which they would not want to commit. Real Madrid and FC Barcelona are the only two teams which have held firm on their stance and continue to back the much maligned league.
Both these clubs are in huge financial debts of their own and want the share of money which the Super League promises.
“There have been pressures placed on some clubs, but the proposal is still standing,” Laporta said. “We have very important investments, our salaries are very high, and those must be taken into consideration, along with sporting merits.”
Barcelona’s participation was conditioned by Laporta’s pledge to let the club’s members vote on the proposal.
“We are keeping a prudent stance,” Laporta said. “It is a necessity, but our club members will have the final word.”
Barcelona released an official statement, detailing the club’s full position on the Super League.
“FC Barcelona shares the view of most major European football clubs, and even more so given the current socio-economic climate, that there is a need for structural reforms to guarantee the financial sustainability and feasibility of world football by improving the product that is offered to fans around the world and by consolidating and even increasing the fan base on which this sport is sustained, which is its mainstay and greatest strength,” the statement began.
“In this context, the FC Barcelona Board of Directors accepted, as a matter of immediate urgency, the offer to form part, as the founding member, of the Super League, a competition designed to improve the quality and attractiveness of the product offered to the football fans and, at the same time, and as one of FC Barcelona’s most inalienable principles, seek new formulas for solidarity with the football family as a whole.
“The decision was made in the conviction that it would have been a historical error to turn down the opportunity to be part of this project as one of its founding members. As one of the world’s top sports club, our intention shall always be to be at the forefront, this being an indispensable part of the club’s identity and its sporting, social and institutional spirit.”