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Barcelona president says Man Utd and Liverpool were “real founders” of Super League

Barcelona president Joan Laporta has accused of Liverpool and Manchester United of being the two clubs behind the failed European Super League.

Twelve of Europe’s biggest clubs, including six English sides, shocked the footballing world after their plans for a breakaway competition.

Months of planning behind-the-scenes had gone into making this possible, but the project collapsed just 48 hours after being announced.

One-by-one, each club involved began to back out having received major criticism.

Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus are the only three sides yet to formally withdraw from the European Super League and still have hopes that the ESL will eventually be formed.

Barcelona president Joan Laporta has suggested Liverpool and Man Utd were responsible for the Super League plans

After refusing to back down on their plans, they are viewed as the ringleaders of the project – something Barcelona chief Laporta disagrees with.

“Liverpool and United were the real founders of the Super League,” he said in an interview with Spanish outlet La Vanguardia.

“UEFA threatened and was demagogic. The clubs have still not paid the compensation for leaving.

“The Super League project is alive. It will be the most attractive competition in the world, and it will be based on meritocracy and solidarity.”

The ESL project prompted widespread backlash from fans
The ESL project prompted widespread backlash from fans

Barcelona’s desire to be part of such a league was clear from the start, with the La Liga giants known to be in huge financial debt.

The Super League would have offered lucrative sums of money to all 12 clubs, which would have gone some way to easing problems faced by the Spanish side.

Laporta, who was elected Barcelona’s club president in March, admitted that the club finds itself in a bad place as a result of handing out mega-money contracts to various players.

Philippe Coutinho is one player who Barcelona spent big on - costing over £100m
Philippe Coutinho is one player who Barcelona spent big on – costing over £100m

“The club is worse than I expected, and I expected it to be in a difficult situation,” he said.

“There are some contracts that greatly limit us. There are things that will have to be explained and I won’t rule out any measures.

“Everything will be explained, because otherwise we would be accomplices. The same people always appear in the contracts.

“We have found ourselves with a squad with out-of-date salaries and we will have to juggle.

“Existing contracts can be changed or restructured, and then there are drastic measures that we would like not to have to take. Nothing is ruled out for the good of Barcelona.

“Between salaries and amortisations we have a figure of 650 million, which is more than the club’s income. These salaries are out of date.”

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