Barca could swap La Liga for French football if Catalonia achieves independence

Barcelona regularly play against French opposition and have been drawn against Paris Saint Germain on two occasions in the past three seasons. Barcelona's place in the Spanish La Liga is at risk amid the prospect of a referendum on Catalonian independence from Spain.

Laporta agreed with this stance but cast doubt over whether La Liga would follow up its hardline stance and banish Barcelona, whose Clasico showdowns with Real Madrid have helped to establish the Spanish top flight as arguably the leading domestic football league in the world. "If Spain breaks apart, the league breaks apart".

In an interview in "el Journal du Dimanche", the French Prime Minister spoke of his love for FC Barcelona. "I'm a huge football fan, a Barca fan", he told. They're in my blood. "France knows it and they ask me about it on the streets", he added.

Valls' invitation is no surprise given the fact that the 53-year-old is a self-confessed die-hard Barca fan.

If Barcelona were to depart the Spanish league, this would lead to a significant drop in earnings for the Spanish football authorities.

"'If Catalonia became independent, taking into consideration the Sports Law that would be enforced by the rest of Spain, Barcelona wouldn't be allowed to play", Tebas said.

"They couldn't play in the league. This is not impossible with an independent Catalonia - Barca could play in France or in another country".

 

The French PM incidently has been a life-long supporter of the Catalan club, was born in Barcelona and lived there until he moved to France as a teenager.