Barca and La Liga ‘must continue’ says director
Barcelona must remain in Spain’s La Liga, club general director Oscar Grau said yesterday after the Catalan leaders signed a declaration of independence.
La Liga president Javier Tebas has repeatedly insisted that Catalan teams would not be allowed to continue in La Liga if independence is established.
But during the unveiling of Barcelona’s 2016/2017 accounts, Grau said: “The budgets are based on participation in La Liga. I think that La Liga and Barca must continue together.”
Grau was speaking less than 24 hours after Catalan president Carles Puigdemont announced that he had accepted the mandate for “Catalonia to become an independent state” following the contested October 1 referendum.
But in a speech to the Catalan parliament, Puigdemont immediately called for independence to be suspended, to allow for negotiations with Madrid.