Barcelona stand by ESL: ‘Not joining would have been historical error’


arcelona have defended their role in plotting the doomed European Super League, claiming it would have been an “historical error” not to join the breakaway. 

In a statement on Thursday evening, the club reaffirmed its belief that “ there is a need for structural reforms to guarantee the financial sustainability and feasibility of world football”. 

It also claimed that it had “expressly reserved the right” to ask its members for final approval before going through with the proposal. 

Unlike the Premier League’s ‘Big Six’, LaLiga rivals Atletico Madrid and both Milan clubs, the Catalan giants did not formally withdraw from the controversial tournament, meaning they, Real Madrid and Juventus are the only founder members not to have done so. 

Instead, Barca acknowledged that a “much more in-depth analysis is required” to “resolve all those issues, always for the good of the general interest of the football world”. 

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The statement read: “Barcelona shares the view of most major European football clubs, and even more so given the current socio-economic climate, that 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.

“In this context, the FC BarcelonaBoard 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.

“In whatever case, FC Barcelona, as a club that always has been and always shall be owned by each and every one of itsmembers, expressly reserved the right to submit such an important decision to the final approval of its competent social bodies following careful and very necessary study of the proposal.”

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