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Barcelona President Joan Laporta Unwilling to Give Up on European Super League

Joan Laporta believes the European Super League can still exist
Joan Laporta believes the European Super League can still exist / Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

Barcelona president Joan Laporta has insisted that he is not giving up on the European Super League and added that the club will not apologise to UEFA for "wanting to control their own destiny."

The Catalan giants were one of the 12 founding members of the breakaway competition that was abandoned after less than 48 hours following severe backlash from the footballing community. However, Barcelona remain one of three clubs that are still in favour of the league, which is seen as competition to the Champions League and Europa League.

Members on the club's board were due to vote on participation in the competition, but Laporte insisted that was not necessary as the plans are "still alive". "We spoke with the clubs [involved] and said we liked [the proposals], but that we needed them to accept that our members would have to approve entry at the next assembly," Laporta said as he explained the reasoning for signing up.

"It was logical to have that vote before June 30. But now, as the format doesn't exist, I won't ask you to vote. But the project is alive, I insist. We're still trying to enter into dialogue with UEFA. We won't apologise for trying to organise a competition. We won't say sorry to UEFA for wanting to be the owners of our own destiny. At least not while I am president."

The Premier League's 'Big Six' along with Atletico Madrid, Inter, and Milan, agreed to pay fines to UEFA for their involvement in the project. "UEFA threatened us with fines and with kicking us out of the Champions League," Laporta continued. "Time has proven us right. Now they have cancelled [suspended] the disciplinary process and registered us for next season's Champions League.

"We're doing this because we love football and because right now the game is in a complicated situation. The state-owned clubs can make much more attractive offers than us and they keep on investing. Young people prefer attractive games and audiences are dropping, so there's less money. We want it to be the most attractive competition in the world. We invite UEFA and the leagues to talk about it."