Catalan independence: FC Barcelona say they want to stay in La Liga

Catalan fans hold up independence flags during the recent derby between Girona and Barcelona

Catalan fans hold up independence flags during the recent derby between Girona and Barcelona

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Football giants FC Barcelona say they don't want to leave the Spanish league, despite Catalonia's plans for independence.

Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont said yesterday that he is determined to push for secession and wants to map out a plan with the Spanish government. But Barca's CEO Oscar Grau has said the club intends to remain part of Spain's La Liga, whether or not independence goes ahead.

Unveiling the club's latest seies of financial projections, Grau said "the budget has been done with a view to staying in La Liga.

"I think Barca and La Liga should go hand-in-hand. The will of the club is to stay in La Liga."

Recent speculation has suggested Barca could consider relocating outside Spain, with France's Ligue 1 and England's Premier League touted as possible destinations if La Liga rejects their request to say.

Barca is on course to present record financial figures at its next meeting, according to Marca. Revenues have been boosted by the recent sale of Brazilian superstar Neymar, combined with its continued strong performance in La Liga and the Champions League.

Grau said: "This is the budget of the world's biggest sports club. Not even NBA or NFL teams can match [our] figures."

The club's revenues may have been higher but for the violence witnessed in Catalonia's recent independence referendum, which forced Barca to play their match against Las Palmas behind close doors - and forfeit millions of euros in match-day revenue.

 

 

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