In the midst of the Catalan independence debate, it has been suggested that Barcelona could be forced to move to another European league, but Arsenal boss Arsenal Wenger is not keen on the idea of the Spanish giants making the move to the Premier League.
Following last week’s referendum in Catalonia, the subject of Catalan independence has been in the forefront of everyone’s minds, not least because of the effect it would have on FC Barcelona.
The club have been reluctant to make hard and fast decisions at this point, preferring to adopt a wait and see approach but Catalan sports minister Gerard Figueras got tongues wagging this week when he suggested that the club could move to another country’s league, citing the Premier League as a possibility.
He is quoted as having said: “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.”
However, Arsene Wenger has now weighed in, explaining that the idea of having Barca in the Premier League is ‘not normal’ and suggesting that the move would show that the English top flight was politically taking sides.
When asked if he would like to see Barca join the English League system, Wenger told ‘beIN SPORTS’: “No, because as soon as you disturb the geographical unity or common sense, I believe it would not be normal.
“Because why not invite Celtic or Rangers to the Premier League, who are part of Great Britain, it makes more sense than to invite Barcelona?
“On a second level as well, if it doesn’t go well politically between Catalonia and Spain, it would mean a stand of support for Catalonia from England which certainly would not be welcome internationally politically.
“I don’t believe it is a scenario you can envisage in a realistic way.
“And I hope as well that it will not go as far and Barcelona can continue to play in Spain.”
There are still a number of grey areas with regard to what will happen should Catalonia declare independence, but it is thought that Barca’s place in La Liga would be secured until the end of the season at the very least.