Barcelona president Joan Laporta ‘leaked secret Super League plans at a business lunch with LaLiga boss Javier Tebas days before it was announced’, sparking the panic across football that led to the breakaway’s downfall
- Joan Laporta told Javier Tebas about the Super League plans last Thursday
- Barcelona president told the head of LaLiga that around six clubs had signed up
- Tebas told executives across Europe including UEFA boss Aleksander Ceferin
- Plans for European Super League were crushed after furious fan revolt this week
Barcelona president Joan Laporta revealed plans for the European Super League to LaLiga boss Javier Tebas at a celebratory lunch last Thursday, according to reports.
Laporta was re-elected for his second term as FC Barcelona president last month and as a result, Tebas wanted to congratulate the businessman for his success.
However, in details revealed by The New York Times, Laporta leaked to Tebas about plans for the breakaway competition, telling the head of Spain’s top-flight that around six teams had already signed-up.
Barcelona president Joan Laporta revealed the Super League plans to LaLiga boss Javier Tebas
The report details that other teams were being asked for a decision by the weekend, prompting panic amongst Europe.
Tebas told officials across the continent, executives of Europe’s biggest clubs and spoke with UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin.
Then, on Sunday, the proposals for the European Super League were revealed to the world, with 12 clubs signed up to the breakaway league.
However, 48 hours later, the ‘Big Six’ in England had withdrawn, amid uproar across the football community which included supporter protests across the country, and plans for the Super League have thus been suspended.
Ceferin today revealed the extent of deceit across Europe’s executives, attacking Juventus’ Andrea Agnelli, Manchester United’s Ed Woodward and Real Madrid’s Florentino Perez.
Ceferin revealed that Andrea Agnelli initially said to him that it was ‘bulls*** that the Super League was forming’
In an interview with Slovenian publication 24ur.com, Ceferin branded Agnelli, Woodward and Perez ‘liars’.
‘Five clubs called me on Saturday saying they had to join so they won’t get left out,’ Ceferin, who is the godfather to Agnelli’s daughter, revealed.
‘Agnelli was saying it is bulls*** that the Super League is forming. I already knew it is so I said to him “Let’s give a PR statement then”. He said that is a great idea and told me to write it and send it to him to see. I did that, sent it and tried to call him again.
Tebas believes English clubs will never re-join the project following protests this week
‘He didn’t pick up his phone. After a long time he did and said it is not really OK and he will fix a few things. After that he didn’t pick up the phone.’
Speaking at a LaLiga conference, Tebas today insisted English clubs will never re-join the project, while he maintains Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund will continue their opposition to it.
‘The Super League, as it is, is dead. Let’s be realistic, it is dead,’ Tebas said.