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fight back Real Madrid and Barcelona insist Super League could be revived as they call for change


Liverpool fans made banners to protest against the European Super League (Zac Goodwin/PA)

Liverpool fans made banners to protest against the European Super League (Zac Goodwin/PA)

Liverpool fans made banners to protest against the European Super League (Zac Goodwin/PA)

It seemed as if the European Super League was dead after all six English clubs pulled out under a storm of protest on Tuesday, but several of the founder members appear to be keen to fight on.

Real Madrid President Florentino Perez was outspoken in his desire to continue to press forward with the Super League and now Barcelona have joined him in suggesting the proposal can be modified and revived.

"FC Barcelona shares the view of most major European football clubs, and even more so given the current socio-economic climate, that there is a need for structural reforms to guarantee the financial sustainability and feasibility of world football," the Caralan club said in a statement on their website.

"In this context, the FC Barcelona Board of Directors accepted, as a matter of immediate urgency, the offer to form part, as the founding member, of the Super League, a competition designed to improve the quality and attractiveness of the product offered to the football fans and, at the same time, and as one of FC Barcelona's most inalienable principles, seek new formulas for solidarity with the football family as a whole.

"The decision was made in the conviction that it would have been a historical error to turn down the opportunity to be part of this project as one of its founding members. As one of the world's top sports club, our intention shall always be to be at the forefront, this being an indispensable part of the club's identity and its sporting, social and institutional spirit.

"Given the public reaction that the aforementioned project has generated in many and various spheres, there is no question that FC Barcelona appreciates that a much more in-depth analysis is required into the reasons that have caused this reaction in order to reconsider, if necessary, and to the required extent, the proposal as originally formulated and resolve all those issues, always for the good of the general interest of the football world. Such in-depth analysis needs time and the necessary composure to avoid taking any rash action."

In other words, Barcelona are still supporting the proposed breakaway league, with the battle with UEFA and European football chiefs set to rage on after a week of bitter acrimony on both sides.

Meanwhile, Real Madrid and Barcelona look set to escape sanction from their domestic league despite their continued commitment to the idea of a Super League.

LaLiga president Javier Tebas said there was unlikely to be any penalty for Spanish football’s big two, or for fellow rebels Atletico Madrid, despite the likelihood of a similar impact on his competition if it had gone ahead.

“We are not talking about sanctions,” he said at a press conference, via a translator.

“Everyone wants to cut people’s head off. We have procedures. There have been actions which have been dangerous for football but we will have to see how it all works out at the end.

“We shouldn’t rush into things at the moment, the most important thing is these clubs have been sanctioned by their own fans.

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“Real Madrid and Barcelona are what they are today because of our competition. I think to be in our league they have to respect the competition (but) I really don’t think we need to apply any sanctions at the moment.

“We are studying the situation. Rather than sanctions we are looking at protective measures so that this doesn’t happen again.

“They haven’t abandoned LaLiga. They abandoned the idea of European competition.”

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