Why have Barcelona and Real Madrid not issued a statement on European Super League?

Barcelona and Real Madrid have not yet released a statement on the European Super League while there is confusion over Atletico Madrid.

The Premier League clubs withdrew from the Premier League after massive protests from the fans of the clubs. (Image credit: Twitter)
By Siddharth vishwanathan | Apr 21, 2021 | 2 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

The European Super League was suspended after six Premier League clubs from England withdrew from the ‘breakaway league’. There are unconfirmed reports which have said that AC Milan, Inter Milan and Juventus have also pulled out. However, there is a strange silence from the other three founding members in Spain. Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid have not yet released an official statement on their involvement in the European Super League.

Perhaps, the Spanish clubs are taking a wait and watch approach. FC Barcelona’s decision rests heavily on Supporters of FC Barcelona or more popularly known as Socios. The club is reportedly under a debt of EUR 1.2 billion. The decision to move to the European Super League, which is franchise-based and with plenty of money at stake, could be enough to wipe out the debt. But, the decision of FC Barcelona to be part of the European Super League has not been popular.

Gerard Pique, one of the most influential players in FC Barcelona, reiterated that Football belongs to the fans on his Twitter handle. The La Liga president said he was not impressed with the decision.

Different dynamics with Madrid

Atletico Madrid were uncertain as to whether they want to be part of the European Super League. With Real Madrid, the situation is totally different. The club’s president, Florentino Perez, is also the chairman of the European Super League. Despite the withdrawal of the six Premier League clubs, the European Super League remained defiant. It released a statement which said it would reshape the dynamics. 

“Given the current circumstances, we shall reconsider the most appropriate steps to reshape the project, always having in mind our goals of offering fans the best experience possible while enhancing solidarity payments for the entire football community,” the statement said. 

Since Perez is the head, Real Madrid might find it hard to break away from it. Barcelona are in this for the debt situation. Atletico Madrid has still not given a decision. It is these factors that have forced Spanish clubs to not release a statement.