Laporta: United & Liverpool founded ESL

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FC Barcelona president Joan Laporta has laid the blame on Premier League clubs Liverpool and Manchester United for founding the controversial European Super League (ESL).

During an interview on the weekend, the Blaugrana president insisted that, alongside Juventus and Real Madrid's presidents, it was the owners of Liverpool and Manchester United who initiated plans to create the ESL.

He also seemed to suggest that the tournament could still go ahead at some point in the future.

"Liverpool and United were the real founders of the Super League," Laporta told Spanish daily newspaper, La Vanguardia. "UEFA threatened and was demagogic. The clubs have still not paid the compensation for leaving.

"The Super League project is alive. It will be the most attractive competition in the world, and it will be based on meritocracy and solidarity."

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The proposed European competition was quickly met with strong backlash from many around the world, resulting in several founding clubs, including Liverpool and United, pulling out of the competition as protests began to erupt.

A Premier League match between the Red Devils and the Merseysiders also had to be postponed after supporters stormed into Old Trafford as a response to the Manchester club's involvement in the ESL, but it now seems the breakaway league could still go ahead at some point.

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