The Spanish top club FC Barcelona have defended their participation in the controversial Super League and still believe that reform is necessary.
“FC Barcelona shares the view of most major European football clubs – and especially given the current socio-economic climate – that structural reforms are needed to ensure the financial sustainability and viability of world football by improving the product on offer,” it said in one official statement from Blaugrana.
For the Catalans it would have been “a historical mistake to miss the opportunity to be part of this project as one of the founding members.”
After all six top English clubs as well as Atletico Madrid and the two Milanese clubs Inter and AC had already left the project just 48 hours after the quake, Barca want to get to the bottom of the reasons for the sudden rethinking of the giants involved. “Such an in-depth analysis takes time and the necessary composure to avoid hasty action,” the club said.
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At the same time, he stated that he hoped for “an open dialogue” with UEFA and that the competition should be “attractive” and be based on sporting performance. “We are advocates of the national leagues,” added Laporta, “but it takes more resources to make it a big spectacle.”
Perez does not see the withdrawal of some top clubs as synonymous with an end to the Super League plans, these are only on “stand-by”.
“So far, nobody has left the Super League because nobody has paid the penalty. The contracts are binding. It is clearly stated that you cannot leave,” said the 74-year-old.