Joan Laporta holds Manchester United and Liverpool accountable for the creation of the Super League
Speaking to La Vanguardia (h/t Daily Star), Barcelona president Joan Laporta has accused Manchester United and Liverpool of being the masterminds of the creation of the European Super League.
Both clubs were amongst the six English sides who were set to take part in the breakaway competition. While months of planning looked to have reached its aim, universal condemnation led to the plans falling apart merely 48 hours after its announcement.
Since then, nine of the 12 clubs involved have withdrawn. As things stand, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus are the only clubs yet to officialy withdraw and retain hopes that the competition will eventually take shape.
Their refusal to back down can be seen as an act of defiance by those who took centre-stage in the Super League’s formation. Laporta, however, has gone on to suggest that it was Liverpool and United who were in fact the driving forces behind the idea.
“Liverpool and United were the real founders of the Super League.”
Laporta also went on to add that the plans for the Super League are well and truly alive. While he may have a point claiming it will be the most attractive competition in the world, claims of it being built on meritocracy are debatable. If that was truly the case the likes of Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur should have had no claims to being involved.
“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.”
Interestingly, Laporta also admitted that the nine clubs who have withdrawn have not paid the compensation for cutting short their commitment. This count hint at them still being involved but largely behind the shadows.
“UEFA threatened and was demagogic. The clubs have still not paid the compensation for leaving.”
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According to The Times (Subscription Required), the plans for the competition are currently put on ice and could be revived later. Whether that will prove to be the case remains to be seen.
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