‘Unlucky Josep Bartomeu – it’s a sad end’: LaLiga chief Javier Tebas sticks the boot in on Barcelona’s outgoing president for announcing club plans to play in ‘phantom’ European Super League alongside his own resignation
- LaLiga’s Javier Tebas has hit out at Barcelona’s outgoing chief Josep Bartomeu
- Bartomeu claimed to have ratified participation in European Super League
- Tebas was left unimpressed by his announcement that the club plans to play in it
The under-fire Barcelona president stepped down alongside the rest of the club’s board on Tuesday night with a vote of no confidence looming.
However Bartomeu claimed to have ratified the club’s participation in a European Super League before he quit.
LaLiga president Javier Tebas has hit out at Barcelona’s outgoing chief Josep Bartomeu
He was left unimpressed by announcement Barca plan to play in European Super League
The Catalan giants are one of several European clubs who would likely become part of the new competition, which is threatening to replace the Champions League in the coming years and would have an impact on the domestic divisions.
‘Yesterday at the board meeting I approved the requirements [for the club] to be part of a European Super League,’ Bartomeu said.
‘The European Club Super League will guarantee sustainability to the club and ensure it continues to belong to the members.’
Bartomeu stepped down alongside rest of club’s board with a vote of no confidence looming
LaLiga chief Tebas has stuck the boot in on Bartomeu as he was left unimpressed by his announcement that the club plans to play in a ‘phantom’ European Super League.
‘Unlucky Josep Bartomeu, announcing on his last day the participation in a phantom competition which would lead to ruin for Barcelona, and confirms their ignorance in the football industry,’ Tebas said on social media.
‘It is a sad end for a president who had successes and lately, errors.’
The European Super League competition is expected to involve between 16 and 18 teams, and will be played at midweek during the normal European club season.
Bartomeu had faced several calls to step down from the Catalans hierarchy after several controversies over the summer, including the public fall-out with Lionel Messi which nearly resulted in the star exiting the club.