Barcelona: Refusing to be the founding team of the UEFA Champions League is a historic mistake

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Barcelona: Refusing to be the founding team of the UEFA Champions League is a historic mistake

China News Service, Beijing, April 23 In the early morning of the 23rd, the Barcelona club issued a statement on the recent joining of the UEFA Europa League, saying: “The reason for this decision is because we realize that if we refuse to be the founder of this tournament, it will be a historic mistake. ”

Barça said that FC Barcelona and other major European clubs still maintain the same views: “In view of the current economic environment, our opinion is more consistent: reforms are necessary to ensure the financial sustainability of football. At the same time continue to stabilize and expand the social foundation of football in order to maintain the progress and development of this sport. Fans are the cornerstone and strength of the survival of this sport.”

Barça believes that the UEFA Champions League is not only aimed at While providing fans with a better game viewing experience, it also conforms to the most unwavering guidelines of FC Barcelona, ​​and constantly seeks new ways to unite the entire football family. As the world’s leading sports organization, Barcelona’s aim is to always be in the forefront. This is not only the club’s characteristics, but also an indispensable part of the club’s competitive sports spirit, society and system concepts.

At the end of the statement, Barcelona also said: “In any case, as a club that has always belonged to all Barcelona members, after necessary and in-depth research, we will hand over the final verdict of this important decision. To our club’s membership organizations.”

In the early hours of the 19th Beijing time, Real Madrid, AC Milan, Arsenal, Atletico Madrid, Chelsea, Barcelona, ​​Inter Milan, Juventus, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham 12 European football giants announced the creation of the “European Premier League.”

However, since then, the UEFA Super League plan encountered opposition from many parties such as UEFA and FIFA, and the founding clubs withdrew one after another. In the early morning of the 21st, Beijing time, the UEFA Super League announced its suspension. The suspension was due to the inability of the existing system to operate. Up to now, only the two clubs of Barcelona and Real Madrid have firmly supported the plan. (End)