‘Barca & Espanyol would quit La Liga’

The President of the Spanish League (LFP) claims both Barcelona and Espanyol would need to quit La Liga if Catalonia became independent.

A referendum on the issue is set to take place on November 9 and Javier Tebas, speaking on Onda Cero’s ‘Al Primer Toque’ programme, claims that if the answer is ‘yes’ it could have serious repercussions for the two clubs.

“Barcelona and Espanyol would not play in the Spanish League if Catalonia becomes independent for the following reason: the Sports Act [in Spain] has an additional provision that only one non-Spanish state can play in La Liga or official Spanish competitions, and that is Andorra,” he explained.

Nonetheless, Tebas admitted there may be room for manoeuvre as long as some modifications are made.

“For that to take place there would need to be a change in parliament and we’d need to see if the affected industry would agree or not.”

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