Joan Laporta insists Super League is not dead with English clubs ‘waiting’ for final details

All six Premier League clubs pulled out of the European Super League shortly after it was announced a year ago, but Barcelona president Joan Laporta insists the competition is still alive.

Barcelona president Joan Laporta has claimed that the ‘Big Six’ Premier League clubs that signed up for the European Super League are still waiting to hear the competition’s future.

Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City have joined the controversial project which was announced almost a year ago following strong backlash from fans which forced all six out. While AC Milan, Inter and Atletico Madrid followed, Barcelona, ​​Real Madrid and Juventus stayed put, remaining obsessed with challenging Champions League reforms which also received negative reactions.

As a strong advocate, Laporta has now reaffirmed his dedication to the competition and backed those pushing the draft to “win” further legal proceedings. The 59-year-old said Mundo Deportivo “We are still here with Juventus, Real Madrid and other teams waiting. English clubs are still waiting, be it Manchester, Liverpool or the Germans too.

“They are waiting to see if it will be a new competition format or if it will be an improved Champions League. But we are here and we are winning in each of the legal proceedings that have been initiated. We are now awaiting the verdict of the European Court and we hope it will rule by the end of the year.”

Laporta, who was elected just weeks before the failed launch of the European Super League in April 2021, had previously claimed SPORT last October: “It’s not parked, on the contrary, it’s alive and the dialogue is open with all kinds of football people who work there. Juve, Real Madrid and Barcelona are all there and we continue to win in court.

“We are still working to make the competition more attractive. It could be economically advantageous for the clubs taking part if it is an open competition, with promotion and relegation. We are not closing the door to UEFA, even if they did. acted aggressively from the start.”

UEFA’s new format for the Champions League, which will be implemented for the first time in 2024, is what the Barca boss and his teammates are rallying to fight, with Juventus president Andrea Agnelli having recently doubled his engagement. “The Super League has not failed. In my opinion, European football is in desperate need of reform,” the Italian said at the Financial Times’ Business of Football summit.

The European Super League has been met with protests across England


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“UEFA knew that as president of Juventus I was working on something different. The Super League is a collective work of 12 teams, not just one person. 12 clubs signed a 120-page contract and it is still binding on 11 of those clubs.” In a response, UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin accused Agnelli and co of using Russia’s invasion of Ukraine as a diversion.

“They can play their own competition, no one is banning them. But if they play their own competition, they can’t play in our competition,” Ceferin said. “First they launched their absurd idea in the middle of a pandemic. Now we read articles that they plan to launch another idea now in the middle of a war.

“We are helping in a terrible situation, they are working on a project like this.” La Liga chief Javier Tebas has also denounced the common belief of Agnelli and Laporta, calling those who want to revive the European Super League “more than lies. [Vladimir] Putin.”

“He [Agnelli] will have to explain it, if he doesn’t explain it, he will lie,” Tebas began. “A week ago, I think it was at his house that there was a meeting of the three teams. Now they say they don’t want fixed slots, Real Madrid say they don’t want the first slot. It’s wrong.

“It’s very difficult for English teams to be in this competition so they create a European league with two categories and the domestic leagues are the second categories. There will be two or three people relegated but there will always be the typical teams – Juventus, Barcelona, ​​Real Madrid, it will be difficult for them to go down.

“They have made enemies of UEFA and the Premier League, whose growth is against their model. We know that, we have that information. They can say what they want but that’s what they’re working on. Every time I read about it I get mad, I think they’re lying more than Putin to be honest.” For me it’s an insult, I feel humiliated. They will do tremendous harm.”

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