Barcelona President confirms club could begin playing in the English Premier League

Barcelona President confirms club could begin playing in the English Premier League

- Barcelona could play in the Premier league or French Ligue 1 if Catalonia gains independence from Spain

- A Catalan independence referendum, which has been deemed illegal, was marred by violence on Sunday

- The club wants other clubs from Catalonia including Girona and Espanyol to decide if they want to remain in Spain or move

Barcelona leaving Spain's La Liga football system for another league is a possibility according to the club's president Josep Maria Bartomeu.

Bartomeu says this could happen if Catalonia where the club is located gained independence from Spain.

A Catalan independence referendum, which has been deemed illegal, was marred by violence on Sunday, with Barca forced to play a 3-0 win over Las Palmas behind closed doors at the Camp Nou.

Barcelona president confirms club could exit La Liga

Barcelona president Jose Maria Bartomeu. Photo: ESPN

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The club's president said there would be discussions about the future of the club in La Liga if Catalonia ever gained independence.

"This situation does not exist so far," he said on Monday.

"But with regards to things that can happen in the future, it is something that the board of directors would discuss. It would be something to analyse calmly.

"If we discuss the subject intensely then obviously we will find the best solution. But if this [independence] happens, the board of directors will see."

Barcelona president confirms club could exit La Liga

Barcelona are not sure they want to remain in the Spanish La Liga. Photo: Uefa.com

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Catalonia's sport minister, Gerard Figueras, has suggested that Barca could play in the Premier League citing Swansea City as an example of a club from a different country playing in England's top-flight.

“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,” said Figueras.

“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.”

Barcelona are 24-time La Liga champions, trailing only rivals Real Madrid (33).

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