Barcelona released a statement on Monday morning confirming the club’s intention to be part of the controversial new European Super League.
Catalan giants Real Madrid and Atletico are expected to join clubs such as Manchester United, Liverpool, Juventus and both Milan teams to join the new league.
Here’s what Barcelona have to say about it (you can read the full statement here).
“FC Barcelona has reached an agreement with eleven other of the most important clubs in Europe to form a new competition, the Superleague, which will be run by the founding clubs and arose out of the desire to be the best sports club competition in the world. world. “
“FC Barcelona, AC Milan, Arsenal FC, Atlético Madrid, Chelsea FC, FC Internazionale Milano, Juventus FC, Liverpool FC, Manchester City, Manchester United, Real Madrid CF and Tottenham Hotspur came together as founding clubs and three other clubs. will be invited to join ahead of the inaugural season which kicks off as soon as possible.
“Going forward, the founding clubs look forward to engaging with UEFA and FIFA to work together in partnership to achieve the best results for the new League and for football as a whole.”
Clearly, there’s a lot more with Barca citing the pandemic as a reason to move forward with the plan and explaining how much (and that’s a lot) they hope to gain from the business.
Barca also signed with this:
“FC Barcelona, true to its history and to its leadership role in European football, is once again positioning itself as a leading club when it comes to the big changes that are needed in the world of football, always thinking of how to benefit from football. club is the best from a sporting, institutional and financial point of view. “
The plan, for now at least, is for the competition to start in August, but there is still a long way to go before and a lot of opposition to overcome. There is already speculation that the domestic leagues, the Champions League and the European League could be suspended. It’s also worth mentioning that a certain Florentino Perez is set to be the president of the new league.
The European Super League has already been widely condemned by fans, former players, politicians and commentators who believe it is purely motivated by money and will affect the integrity of the game.
Let’s see what happens next …