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Laporta stills backs need for Super League

Barcelona president issues shocking statement regarding European Super League

April 22, 2021 By Oscar Rojas
The recently elected president spoke about the project at the opening ceremony of a tennis tournament, raising doubts about his loyalty to those who elected him.

There have been many voices that have slammed the idea of creating the European Super League. Fans, experts, coaches, players, team presidents, and team owners have all agreed that the idea is quite baffling. Even so, there are some who believe that the idea of having this tournament should be considered, including none other than Joan Laporta, Barcelona's recently elected president.

Speaking at the opening gala of the Barcelona Tennis Open, Laporta openly admitted that the Super League would benefit all teams involved, while adding that those teams that have refused to leave the project will try to convince UEFA about its feasibility.

"It has to be an attractive competition, based on what each team does on the pitch. We are willing to discuss these matters openly with UEFA, and I'm sure we will find common ground. We need more resources to give fans what they want," Laporta said.

Perhaps anticipating the backlash from fans and experts, Laporta added that even if Barcelona still supports the project, the decision to keep involved or even playing games in the league will be subject to what the team's members decide.

"We need to be prudent. This tournament is absolutely necessary, but the ultimate decision will be handed to our associates. Big clubs like us contribute with a lot of money, and we should really have a say on the economic end of all issues," Laporta added.

Before his brief interview concluded, Laporta spoke about the teams that have left the project and admitted that UEFA's pressure to go back to the way things are will not undermine their attempt to make the Super League see the light.

"There has been pressure on some clubs, but our proposal is still there. The investment is quite high, we have a large payroll, and all of that has to be taken under consideration, as well as adding some sports merit to the project," Laporta concluded.

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