Barcelona and Real Madrid, both the Spanish giants, are the founding members of the new breakaway league. Ironically they are the teams that did not withdraw from European Super League.
The announcement of the European Super League has been met with widespread criticism, especially, the founding members of the league have received a lot of stick.
Of all the participant, Real Madrid and Barcelona are the only clubs who are not bound to any ownership and perhaps, they are being run by the socis – the members of the club who hold the right to choose their president
However, the presidents of both the clubs aren’t legally required to consult them for the formation of the league, which comes as a huge surprise.
Barca president Joan Laporta has recently stated that Barca would withdraw from the new breakaway league if fans show their disapproval, emphasising that the club belongs to the fans.
Barca will not enter the Super League without the approval of the Assembly of Members. It is they who decide; it is their club.”
Elsewhere, Florentino Perez, the president of Barca’s arch-rivals Real Madrid and the chairman of the proposed league, spoke in defence of the Super League, stating that the new league is a step toward saving the football
We are doing this to save football at this critical moment.
If we continue with the Champions League, there is less and less interest, and then it’s over.
“The new format which starts in 2024 is absurd. In 2024, we are all dead.”
Despite the initial fears, Super League is unlikely to take shape as half of the founding members – Premier League big six – have withdrawn due to the enormous pressure from the fans.