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Liverpool accused of being ‘the real founder’ of European Super League by Barcelona president

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Liverpool and Man United accused by Barcelona of being real founders of failed European Super League

Speaking in an interview with Spanish outlet La Vanguardia (h/t Daily Star), Barcelona president Joan Laporta stated that Manchester United and Liverpool were ‘the real founders’ of the European Super League.

12 of the biggest footballing clubs took the world by a storm back in April when they revealed their intention of forming a breakaway Super League. Liverpool, along with 5 other English clubs, were a part of it.

However, the plan to bring it into action failed, at least for now. Clubs, one by one, backed out from the league after widespread criticism.

Liverpool were one of the 6 English clubs in the European Super League sage along with Barcelona.
Liverpool were one of the 6 English clubs in the European Super League sage along with Barcelona. (imago Images)

Only Juventus, Real Madrid, and Barcelona are yet to officially withdraw from the competition as they hope it will be formalized in the future. This has led people to see the three as the real ring-leaders in the ESL venture. (h/t Daily Star)

The Super League is still ‘alive’

But Laporta disagrees with this. The newly-elected Barcelona president mentioned that Premier League duo, Liverpool and Manchester United, are the two teams who were behind this idea.

“Liverpool and United were the real founders of the Super League. UEFA threatened and was demagogic. The clubs have still not paid the compensation for leaving.”

Liverpool fans vehemently opposed FSG's role in European Super League formation.
Liverpool fans vehemently opposed FSG’s role in European Super League formation. (imago Images)

Laporta went on to say that the European Super League is still alive and that it will be a competition that will be founded on the basic moral principles of fair play.

“The Super League project is alive. It will be the most attractive competition in the world, and it will be based on meritocracy and solidarity.”

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Liverpool are owned by John W. Henry’s Fenway Sports Group (FSG) while United are run by The Glazer family. If what Laporta has said is true, then the two groups of American owners would undoubtedly face further falling out with their club’s respective fanbases.