Barcelona could be locked out of the Champions League for ‘several years’, it has been claimed.
The LaLiga giants have booked a place in the knockout stage of this year’s competition after topping their group ahead of Porto, Shakhtar Donetsk and Antwerp.
Barcelona now has to play a draw against Napoli in the round of 16.
However, their long-term future in the tournament now looks to be in danger.
Barcelona could be kicked out of Champions League amid claims of breaching FFP rules
Welt.de says Barcelona are threatened with ‘exclusion’ from the Champions League from the 2024/2025 season.
It has been claimed that UEFA is threatening to punish the club, believing that they are currently in breach of financial fair play rules.
Welt says Barcelona’s balance sheet is a ‘mess’, which may explain their eagerness to join the European Super League.
Barcelona were fined €500,000 in the summer, after UEFA ruled they had ‘falsely declared profits’.
He also said that the club’s income is not ‘relevant’.
And Barcelona may now be banned for two to three years.
It is claimed that, the greater the loss, the higher will be the penalty if found violating rules and regulations.
News of the possible ban comes as Barcelona look to play a key role in the creation of a new European Super League.
The European Court of Justice ruled on Thursday that UEFA had no right to propose potential sanctions on clubs that want to create a new breakaway division.
And Barcelona responded by saying: “FC Barcelona wishes to express its satisfaction with the decision of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) assessing the Super League project proposed by A22 Sports.
“As one of the clubs running the Super League project, FC Barcelona feels that this sentence paves the way for a new elite level football competition in Europe by opposing the monopoly on the football world, and on that path Wants to start a new discussion There should be European competitions in the future.
“As it has maintained in recent years, the club feels that the medium-term sustainability of European football requires the creation of a concept along the lines of the Super League proposed by A22.
“A system of competition that will address issues such as fixture overload and excessive numbers of games between national teams, that will work towards the regulation of financial fair play between participating teams, and that will provide a fair and competitive environment to local and international players and supporters.” Will keep it in the center.
“This system must respect the functions and consistency of domestic competitions and have a qualification mechanism that is based primarily on results on the pitch.”
Real Madrid, Barcelona’s arch-rival, is also open to the idea.
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Barcelona is keen to create a new European Super League
Los Blancos chief Florentino Pérez said: “We are at the beginning of a new era where we can work freely, in constructive dialogue, without threats, without taking action against anything or anyone and bring back the passion. “Clubs can work towards making football new and modern.” For fans.
“From today, the present and future of European football is ultimately in the hands of the clubs, the players and their fans.
“Our destiny is ours and we have a great responsibility.
“This day will symbolize before and after.
“It’s a great day for the history of football and the history of the game.”
Barcelona has not won the Champions League since 2015
However, fellow LaLiga giants Atletico Madrid have distanced themselves from the idea.
A statement read: “Atlético de Madrid, after analyzing the decision of the European Court of Justice, wishes to express the following:
“1. The resolution regarding the framework for prior authorization of other competitions refers to the old UEFA statutes which were already amended in June 2022.
“2. The European Club Association (ECA) and UEFA have established a partnership that makes the idea of UEFA a monopoly redundant. Through agreements within this joint venture, on club sponsorship and the sale of television rights, revenue distribution 50% decide the competition format.
“3. The European football community does not support the European Super League. Germany, France, England, Italy, Spain (except Real Madrid and Barcelona), etc. oppose the Super League.
“We advocate protecting the wider European football family, preserving domestic leagues and securing qualification for European competitions through on-field performance each season.”