Barcelona president Joan Laporta has published a challenging defense of the failed breakaway league named European Super League and said the Catalan club will not apologize to UEFA for wanting to control their own destiny. Despite the project being widely criticized Laporta insists that the project is alive.
Nine of the 12 founding clubs have already dropped out of the project to break away from UEFA’s Champions League, leaving just Barca, Real Madrid and Juventus fighting for change to the status quo in the European game.
Barcelona president Joan Laporta has spoken out about the European Super League.
“The project is alive, I insist on it. We are still trying to have a dialogue with UEFA. We will not apologise for trying to organize a tournament. While I am the president here, we will not apologise to UEFA for wanting to be masters of our own destiny,” said Laporta to ESPN.
“UEFA threatened us with fines and exclusion from the Champions League. Time has proved us right. They suspended the case and allowed us to play in the Champions League next season. We did it because we love football because football is in a difficult situation. The clubs that are owned by the states can make much more attractive offers than we can, and they keep investing.”
“Young people prefer interesting games, the audience is shrinking and because of that there is less money. We want it to be the most attractive competition in the world. We invite UEFA and the leagues to discuss this. English clubs were the driving force behind Super League, but they got scared under pressure from UEFA. I think they now regret leaving the project, seeing how UEFA backed down.”
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