According to Spain’s sports minister, Barcelona might have to join the English Premier League, Ligue 1 or Serie A if Catalan independence is secured,
Catalunya seeks to become independent from Spain as a controversial referendum is due to hold on Sunday,
How ever, Spanish government has labelled the process illegal, with ballot boxes being seized and prime minister Mariano declaring that the vote “won’t happen”.
With the latest development, Barcelona, Girona and Espanyol would all face an uncertain future on the back of independence, but Gerard Figueras thinks otherwise as he believes that there are lots of intriguing options to explore.
He said: “In the case of independence, Catalan teams in La Liga – Barcelona, Espanyol and Girona – will have to decide where they want to play: in the Spanish league or a neighbouring country like Italy, France or the Premier League.
“Now in Spain there teams from other countries who play in national leagues: clubs from Andorra in football and basketball. Monaco play in France, in England Welsh clubs. I don’t think that UEFA has anything against seeing another club play in a different league from their country.”
“In sport, it isn’t a la carte and things must be clearly stated. It isn’t easy to have an agreement and study Spanish legislation but if they [the Catalan clubs] do get that, then they will not be able to play in Spain’s La Liga, but I hope it doesn’t come to that.”
FC Barcelona haven’t address the potential ramifications of independence publicly, as the club awaits the outcome of the referendum before putting any plans in place.
FC Barcelona has eight successive wins in all competitions this season, with faultless openings being made to their La Liga and Champions League campaigns.