• Thursday, Feb 09, 2023
  • Last Update : 10:24 am

Barcelona's Laporta says Super League needed but wants dialogue with UEFA

  • Published at 05:36 pm April 22nd, 2021
Joan Laporta

Barca's net debt rose to 488 million euros ($586 million)last year, more than doubling due to the coronavirus pandemic, although US business magazine Forbes has ranked them as the most valuable club in the world at $4.76 billion

Barcelona president Joan Laporta said a European Super League is needed but stressed he does not wish to see the formation of a closed competition and wants to keep an open dialogue with the continent's organising body UEFA.

Barca were among 12 teams to sign up to the proposed breakaway league on Sunday and have yet to withdraw from it despite all six English clubs plus Atletico Madrid and Inter Milan saying they no longer want to be involved.

Laporta was elected as Barca president in March for the second time. His predecessor Josep Maria Bartomeu revealed back in October he had signed the Catalans up to the project, becoming the first major figure to speak about it publicly.

"We will speak more about it when the time comes but for now we understand there is a need for it, even though our members will have the final say," Laporta told Catalan network TV3 on Thursday while at the Barcelona Open tennis tournament.

"Big clubs contribute a lot of resources and it's absolutely necessary that we have our say on the distribution of money (in European football)."

The European Super League said on Sunday that it aimed to have 15 founding members, with five other clubs qualifying each season.

The Super League argued it would increase revenue for the top soccer clubs in Europe and allow them to distribute more money to the rest of the game.

However, the sport's governing bodies, other teams and fan organisations said the league would only boost the power and wealth of elite clubs, and that the partially closed structure went against European football's long-standing model.

Laporta appeared to suggest that every team had to earn the right to be in it.

"It must be an attractive competition based on sporting merits. We also will defend national leagues and we're open to having an open dialogue with UEFA," he said.

Barca's net debt rose to 488 million euros ($586 million)last year, more than doubling due to the coronavirus pandemic, although U.S. business magazine Forbes has ranked them as the most valuable club in the world at $4.76 billion.

"We always want to improve football and have the necessary revenues to ensure football remains a spectacle. If the big clubs don't continue to have large revenues then football will suffer," Laporta added.

But La Liga president Javier Tebas said elite clubs such as Barca should focus on controlling their spiralling spending levels instead.

"The Super League is practically finished. The clubs should focus on managing their financial problems just like any other business does when their revenues fall," Tebas said.

"I'd tell Laporta the figures he has been shown are not accurate." ($1 = 0.8323 euros) 

Facebook 50
blogger sharing button blogger
buffer sharing button buffer
diaspora sharing button diaspora
digg sharing button digg
douban sharing button douban
email sharing button email
evernote sharing button evernote
flipboard sharing button flipboard
pocket sharing button getpocket
github sharing button github
gmail sharing button gmail
googlebookmarks sharing button googlebookmarks
hackernews sharing button hackernews
instapaper sharing button instapaper
line sharing button line
linkedin sharing button linkedin
livejournal sharing button livejournal
mailru sharing button mailru
medium sharing button medium
meneame sharing button meneame
messenger sharing button messenger
odnoklassniki sharing button odnoklassniki
pinterest sharing button pinterest
print sharing button print
qzone sharing button qzone
reddit sharing button reddit
refind sharing button refind
renren sharing button renren
skype sharing button skype
snapchat sharing button snapchat
surfingbird sharing button surfingbird
telegram sharing button telegram
tumblr sharing button tumblr
twitter sharing button twitter
vk sharing button vk
wechat sharing button wechat
weibo sharing button weibo
whatsapp sharing button whatsapp
wordpress sharing button wordpress
xing sharing button xing
yahoomail sharing button yahoomail