Barcelona president Joan Laporta stirs fresh controversy surrounding European Super League project
The European Super League project created an enormous controversy worldwide before it was brought to a halt. However, Barcelona president Joan Laporta has insisted that the project is not dead.
A few months back, the football world was under fire following the planned introduction of the European Super League, involving some of the big European clubs. However, following a mass protest by the fans worldwide, the project was brought to a halt.
The project happened to be the brainchild of Real Madrid president Florentino Pérez. While most of the clubs have withdrawn, Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus, who happen to be the primary founding members, are still at it.
Meanwhile, Barca president Joan Laporta has stirred a fresh controversy surrounding it. He has stated that the project is not dead despite the clubs involved having pulled out, with plans still being formulated.
Speaking to Esport 3, he stated that the three clubs currently involved are winning all the court cases. He insisted that the Union of European Football Associations would not be able to stop it, while the project could have been presented in a better way had it been granted by UEFA, reports Reuters.
The ESL was set up to break away from the regular UEFA competitions, as the 20 clubs involved would play the tournament regularly, regardless of their league positioning. However, the pundits deemed the project unfair, as it would have destroyed the intention to compete in the domestic leagues, making its participation and the leagues themselves meaningless.
Meanwhile, UEFA chief Aleksander Ceferin has reportedly fired a warning to the remaining members of the ESL, stating, "In 2020 and 2021, nothing has been normal. And now, what we all want is to return to normality. But for that, it is essential to maintain unity in the face of this misfortune and talkative Super League. ESL has only been an episode that we do not want to live again. We have to be united, be a model for football."
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