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Barca president Laporta insists Super League still alive

FOOTBALL By Reuters | September 7th 2021
August 14, 2020 Bayern Munich's Thomas Muller celebrates scoring their first goal with Serge Gnabry, as play resumes behind closed doors following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) REUTERS

Barca president Joan Laporta has insisted that the Super League project is still alive, despite the withdrawal earlier this year of the majority of founding clubs.

The Catalans, along with Real Madrid and Juventus are the only three clubs remaining in the seemingly doomed breakaway competition, which was announced in April with 12 founding clubs.

The other nine have all withdrawn and signed agreements with UEFA prohibiting them from repeating their actions, but Laporta said Barca were still moving forwards with the plans.

"The project is alive. The three clubs who are defending the project are winning all the court cases," Laporta told television channel Esport 3.

"UEFA cannot stop it, and the pressure on English clubs, who were those behind the plans, hasn't had any effect. Granted, it could have been presented in a better way."

Surprisingly given Barca's dire financial situation, Laporta said that when he became Barca president he spoke to Paris St Germain forward Neymar about the prospect of returning to Barca, with the player trying to instigate the move.

"We tried to sign Neymar. He contacted us, and he wanted to come - he was crazy to come back to the club," Laporta said.

"However, back then we interpreted (LaLiga's) Financial Fair Play in another way. If we hadn't have done so, we wouldn't have made him an offer."

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