Super League project still there, says Barcelona president Laporta

Super League project still there, says Barcelona president Laporta

Barcelona president Joan Laporta insists the Super League project is still there amid the majority of teams withdrawing due to pressure from supporters. 

Laporta has spoken out for the first time since the breakaway tournament was announced on Sunday. A number of teams have withdrawn from the competition including the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United, and Manchester City. 

Speaking on TV3, he said, "[A Super League] is absolutely necessary. We are supporters of the national leagues and we will talk to UEFA. 

"We have a position of prudence. It is a necessity, but the last word, in the end, will be [from] the members. The big clubs contribute a lot and we must participate in the economic distribution."

Speaking about the Super League itself, Laporta feels that it must still uphold certain sporting values.

"It should be an attractive competition, based on sporting merits," he said.

"We are open to open dialogue with UEFA. I think there will be an understanding."

"The #SuperLeague project is still there. We're open to having a dialogue with UEFA. There has to be an attractive competition based on sporting merits too. I think there will be an agreement." 

Super League chairman Florentino Perez has insisted the competition is only on "standby", telling Spanish radio program El Larguero: "If this project didn't work, another one will."

"The English clubs tried to do something, but they were being told they were killing football. But there is no other solution than the Super League. Or somebody invents something else."

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