Barca to be banned from other competitions as UEFA & La Liga confirmed
In the wake of the reports that 12 top European clubs could soon announce the founding of the European Super League, UEFA has released a joint statement with the English FA, Italian FA, Spanish FA, Premier, Liga and Serie A announcing that the 12 clubs involved in the Super League idea will be banned from the domestic league if they pursue this project.
The statement reads: “We wish to reiterate that we – UEFA, the English FA, RFEF, FIGC, the Premier League, La Liga, Lega Serie A, but also FIFA and all our member associations – will remain united in our efforts to stop this cynical project, a project that is founded on the self-interest of a few clubs at a time when society needs solidarity more than ever.
“We will consider all measures available to us, at all levels, both judicial and sporting in order to prevent this happening. Football is based on open competitions and sporting merit; it cannot be any other way.
“As previously announced by FIFA and the six Federations, the clubs concerned will be banned from playing in any other competition at domestic, European or world level, and their players could be denied the opportunity to represent their national teams.
“We thank those clubs in other countries, especially the French and German clubs, who have refused to sign up to this. We call on all lovers of football, supporters and politicians, to join us in fighting against such a project if it were to be announced. This persistent self-interest of a few has been going on for too long. Enough is enough.”
Barcelona are said to be one of the clubs that have signed as founding members of the European Super League. It’s been reported that the Catalans ratified the agreement a few hours before the Copa del Rey final on April 17.
Barcelona among 12 clubs to sign up to breakaway European Super League — multiple sources
Barcelona are one of the clubs that have signed the agreement to form a breakaway European Super League, the New York Times report. It’s said that at least 12 teams have either signed up as founding members or expressed interest in joining the competition.
The full lists, besides Barca, includes Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, Juventus, AC Milan and Inter Milan.
According to Mundo Deportivo, the Catalans signed the agreement to join the European Super League on Saturday, April 17, right before the Copa del Rey final.
The news comes as a challenge to UEFA which is due to confirm the Champions League reform next week. It would include expanding the competition to 36 teams and increasing the number of games, which would lead to increased gate receipts, The Times claim.
The breakaway league would consist of 20 clubs, with 15 of them being the founding members with a secure place in the competition. £3.1 billion would be shared between the founding clubs, with further income from TV and sponsorship deal to follow.
The games would be played in midweek, so the Super League should not pose danger to the domestic leagues.
FIFA issue statement against creation of European Super League, involved players will be banned from international tournaments
“Any club or player involved in such a competition would as a consequence not be allowed to participate in any competition organised by FIFA or their respective confederation,” FIFA and six confederations – UEFA, AFC, CAF, Concacaf, CONMEBOL and OFC – said in a joint statement against the creating of the European Super League on Thursday.
“As per the FIFA and confederations statutes, all competitions should be organised or recognised by the relevant body at their respective level, by FIFA at the global level and by the confederations at the continental level.
“In this respect, the confederations recognise the FIFA Club World Cup, in its current and new format, as the only worldwide club competition while FIFA recognises the club competitions organised by the confederations as the only club continental competitions.”
Barcelona are among top European clubs that have long been linked with the development of the Champions League’s alternative. The creation of the ESL that would see about 16-18 top clubs across Europe competing in a knockout-based format.
During his farewell presser as a Barca president in October, Josep Maria Bartomeu claimed that the Catalans ‘have accepted a proposal to play in the European Super League’ as it would ‘guarantee the financial viability of the club’.