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UEFA Respond With Anger At Super League Plans

European Super League

UEFA has responded to the news of the European Super League with president Alexander Ceferin promising to punish participants in the Super League and says that any players involved “will be banned from the World Cup and Euros”.

The announcement of a new European competition that would see a number of top clubs break away from the Champions League has been met with fierce opposition over the past 24 hours.

UEFA has now revealed its stance, with Ceferin calling for the football world to rally against the “cynical plan” that is threatening to cause huge division across the continent’s major leagues.

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European Super League Officially Announced

European Super League

The idea of a European Super League has been rumored for years. But on Sunday those rumors became reality when twelve of Europe’s top clubs announced they were launching a breakaway Super League.

AC Milan, Arsenal FC, Atletico Madrid, Chelsea, Barcelona, Internazionale, Juventus, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur have all joined as founding clubs.

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez said:

“We will help football at every level and take it to its rightful place in the world. Football is the only global sport in the world with more than four billion fans and our responsibility as big clubs is to respond to their desires.”

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Former Barcelona President Josep Maria Bartomeu Arrested

Bartomeu

Former Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu, his adviser Jaume Masferrer, the club’s CEO Oscar Grau and head of legal services Roman Gomez Ponti have been arrested following a raid at the club’s offices on Monday.

A statement from Barcelona read:

“Given the entry of the local police at the club’s offices, per a court order relating to the hiring [of a third-party company] and monitoring services of social networks, FC Barcelona has offered its full support to judicial and police authorities and collaborated with them to clarify the facts that are the subject of the investigation.

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Liverpool Aim To Have Highest Revenue In World Football

The Kop Anfield Stadium Liverpool FC

Liverpool are slowly putting the steps in motion to create a long-term blueprint which will see their revenue rival that of Real Madrid and Barcelona.

Often praised for their shrewd business off the field, Liverpool have emerged as one of the fastest growing football clubs in the world when it comes to monetary terms.

And now the Merseyside club have plans in place to emulate the world leaders Madrid and Barca when it comes to boosting profits and maximizing their brand, and aim to storm past Manchester United in the process.

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Lionel Messi Threatens To Sue Over Contact Leak

Lionel Messi Contract

Lionel Messi is reportedly ready to sue as many as five ‘suspects’ that he believes may have leaked his €555,237,619 Barcelona contract.

The five men in question are former president Josep Maria Bartomeu; former vice-president, Jordi Mestre; CEO Òscar Grau; interim president, Carles Tusquets; and the head of the club’s legal services, Romàn Gómez Ponti.

On Sunday, Spanish newspaper El Mundo dramatically published the full details of the Argentine superstar’s mega-money contract at the Nou Camp.

Messi signed the deal in 2017 and it will end this June when the 33-year-old will be able to leave for nothing.

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Winners And Losers From January Transfer Window

January Transfer Window

Another January transfer window has come and gone. This one though lacked the fireworks of previous windows due to the ongoing impact that COVID-19 is having on the finances of football clubs around the world.

The lack of money does not mean that some clubs improved themselves during the window, while the lack of activity was a nightmare for some.

Here is a look at the winners and losers from the past month of transfer business

January Transfers Winners
Arsenal
Both on and off the pitch, things are looking a lot rosier at Arsenal now than they did just over a month ago.

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Is Barcelona On The Edge Of Bankruptcy?

Camp Nou

COVID has hit almost every club in world football, but it has probably hit no club harder than Barcelona. We have been writing for months about the clubs financial situation.

Unfortunately for Barca fans, the financial situation is getting worse not better, according to a report published on Friday in El Confidencial.

It article claims that the Catalan giants have asked companies Goldman Sachs, Allianz, Barings, Amundi and Prudential to delay outstanding debts so that the club can avoid potential insolvency.

The club are said by the report to have requested from the banks and investment funds a dispensation for failing to comply financially, which would mean that there has been a non-payment of €200m.

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Barcelona’s Massive Debt Approaches €1B

Lionel Messi Priceless

FC Barcelona is in the midst of a presidential campaign, but the winner might be getting a poisoned challis as Barcelona’s growing debt is set to force the club into a period of dramatic austerity, with the Catalan giants owing €900m to creditors.

The LaLiga side announced during the 2019-20 season that it expected to be the first club to break the €1bn barrier for income in a single year in football, however that figure was blown off course by the coronavirus pandemic.

As a result, the club had a loss of almost $100m last season, and there are concerns this season could be worse.

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La Liga Slashes Barcelona’s Wage Cap By Almost 300m

La Liga Wage Cap 2020

La Liga has reduced Barcelona’s wage cap from €671 million last season to €382.7m this season, a fall of €288.3m in the wake of the financial pressures caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Barcelona will have nearly €383 million to spend on salaries, compared to €671 million euros last season. Madrid has the biggest cap this season at €468 million, down from €641 million euros a year ago, while Atletico Madrid are at €252.7m from €384.5m.

The wage caps that La Liga have imposed on other clubs include Sevilla at €186 million, Villarreal €145 million and Valencia at €103 million euros. Promoted Elche will have the smallest salary cap at €34 million euros ($40 million).

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Fifa Not Aware Of Agreement For Barcelona To Join European Super League

Bartomeu

Fifa says it is not aware of any agreement for Barcelona to join a European Super League. Outgoing Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu said the club had begun proceedings as he announced his resignation on Tuesday.

In a press conference on Tuesday, Bartomeu announced that the Spanish club has agreed to join the proposed European Super League in an attempt to guarantee the club’s future financial sustainability.

“I can announce some news that will in an extraordinary way change the club’s revenue prospects for the coming years,” Bartomeu said towards the end of his press conference.