Barcelona have ‘accepted’ to turn out to be a part of a brand new breakaway European tremendous league, outgoing president Josep Maria Bartomeu has revealed.
Bartomeu introduced his shock resignation on Tuesday, following his public spat with Nou Camp icon Lionel Messi.
The 57-year-old chief confirmed he and the membership’s total board of administrators will go away, signalling a brand new period for the LaLiga giants and renewing hope of Messi signing a brand new contract to commit his long-term future to Barcelona.
However Bartomeu additionally used his press convention on Tuesday night time to disclose ‘some extraordinary information’ about plans for a European breakaway.
Plans for a brand new invitation-only European Premier League have been revealed final week, with Liverpool, Manchester United and Actual Madrid mentioned to be among the many big golf equipment in talks over a brand new mega-rich competitors.
Based on studies, high golf equipment from England, France, Germany, Italy and Spain are in negotiations over the formation of the brand new 18-team event, which already has £4.6BILLION in funding and has a provisional begin date of as quickly as 2022.
Described as ‘a very powerful growth in world membership soccer for many years’, it has been steered the European Premier League would spell the top of the Champions League, and so it’s no shock the plans have been slammed by UEFA, whereas FIFA additionally seem to have withdrawn their help.
However Bartomeu has revealed Barcelona are the most recent high aspect to conform to the breakaway league, insisting collaborating would assure the ‘future monetary sustainability’ of the membership.
“I can announce some extraordinary information,” mentioned the departing chief.
“Yesterday we accepted a proposal to take part in a future European Tremendous League, which might assure the long run monetary sustainability of the membership.
“And we now have accepted the long run Membership World Cup format.”
Some have seen it as a determined seize from the chief to proclaim himself because the membership’s saviour, however there are nonetheless no assurances the breakaway league will occur.
In actual fact, there aren’t any assurances Barcelona would even participate if it does go forward, as any determination with the fan-owned membership needs to be agreed by season ticket holders.
Plans for the European Premier League suffered an early blow final week, as FIFA president Gianni Infantino introduced soccer’s world governing physique is ‘not ’.
“As FIFA President, I’m within the Membership World Cup, not the Tremendous League,” Infantino advised reporters in Switzerland.
“For me, I’m not considering Bayern versus Liverpool, however Bayern versus Boca Juniors from Buenos Aires.
“Liverpool has 180million followers worldwide. Flamengo about 40million. Flamengo has 39million of those 40million followers in Brazil, however Liverpool has maybe solely 5million followers in England, the opposite 175million world wide.
“I need golf equipment from outdoors Europe to have international attraction sooner or later.
“My imaginative and prescient is: there needs to be 50 golf equipment and 50 nationwide groups that may turn out to be world champions.”
A bunch of different high soccer names have additionally publicly opposed the plans, together with the likes of Portuguese icon Luis Figo, Manchester United legend Gary Neville and Liverpool nice Jamie Carragher, who posted his easy response on Twitter…