Catalonia’s sport minister has claimed that Barcelona could join the Premier League, if the region is grated the independence it craves.
It seems a very far-fetched prospect but Gerard Figueras is confident that the idea of Barcelona playing in the English top flight is very much possible.
Catalonia, the region in which Barcelona is situated, is currently pushing to become independent of Spain and should that independence be granted, Figueras believes that the ‘Blaugrana’ would then have the right to choose which League they want to play in.
‘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,’ Figueras said on Friday.
‘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.’
Catalonia is set to hold a referendum on Sunday over independence, despite Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy declaring the vote ‘illegal’.
Whilst FC Barcelona are yet to comment on the potential ramifications of independence, maybe, just maybe, the Premier League could be set for a new addition.