Joan Laporta: European football cannot be run by countries outside the EU
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The President of Barcelona once again about the Super League The idea of ââforming a European Super League has subsided, but far from it, its creators have given up. Alexander Ceferin, aided by Nasser Al Khelaifi, won the first battle, however, there will be more.
Florentino Perez, Andrea Agnelli, and Joan Laporta will not just retire. Every now and then, they talk about that plan, just so it doesn't fall into oblivion. The latest statements of the first man of Barcelona, ââspecifically addressed to the people of Paris Saint-germain and Manchester City.
Laporta, at least that's what he says, because his club is not immune to sponsorships from the Eastern world, resents the increasing influence of Arab / American / Chinese money in European football. "We are working. We will promote the project together with Florentino Perez, with whom I often talk.
The Super League is a way to preserve European football, but it is clear that we must adapt to UEFA, without destroying national championships. That is the essence," said the Barcelona president.
Paris Saint-Germain was against the formation of the Super League from the start, while City was among the signatories of the idea, but also withdrew among the first, along with five other English clubs (Liverpool, Arsenal, Manchester United, Chelsea, Tottenham).
He had a sharp message for Laporta for them, "We cannot allow European football to be in the hands of countries that do not belong to the European Union. It is clear that Manchester City and PSG are money-making machines and we are fighting against that.
Not just the three clubs we are talking about (Barcelona, ââReal, Juventus) , but also those who are quiet, but support us from the background, "Laporta pointed out. Recall, the document on the formation of the Super League was signed by 12 clubs - Juventus, Milan, Inter, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, ââLiverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal, Chelsea, and Tottenham, but given the fiercely negative public criticism, other clubs, UEFA and national federations, in turn, began to withdraw first the British, and then some more.
Barcelona, ââReal Madrid and Juventus are the only ones who continue to talk publicly about that idea, and we will see in the future whether and how much strong support they have from the shadows, as Laporta says.
This could change the whole situation in football, and it seems that marketing has become a primary thing as well as profit.