For a long time, FC Barcelona remained silent about the imploding Super League plans. Then President Joan Laporta spoke up and declared, despite the current failure, to want to hold on to the idea of a super league. A little later, the club made an official statement that Laportas essentially agrees with and must be seen as a slap in the face of every Super League opponent (and that should be pretty much every football fan).
The statement contains two points:
Barça shared the view of most major European football clubs that structural reforms are needed to ensure the financial sustainability and feasibility of world football. The product needs to be improved in order to consolidate or even enlarge the fan base.
That is why the offer to become a founding member of the Super League was accepted. It is a competition that aims to improve the quality and attractiveness of the product. It is a principle of the club to look for new formulas of solidarity with the entire football family.
This decision was made on the belief that not joining would have been a historic mistake.
In view of the public reaction, FC Barcelona recognized the need for a much more thorough analysis of the reasons that triggered these reactions. This should, if necessary, reconsider the original idea of the Super League to the extent necessary. Always for the good of the football world, of course. This thorough analysis takes time and the necessary composure.
Barça also wanted to hold that a court had confirmed the right of initiative of the founding clubs of the Super League project. It is therefore felt that it would be inappropriate for the necessary process of reflection and debate to take place under undue pressure and intimidation.
For the full statement: click here