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Could Barcelona be forced to play abroad?

Barcelona look into worst-case scenario options abroad.

GRAFCAT9732. BARCELONA (ESPAÑA), 27/04/2023.- El presidente del Barcelona, Joan Laporta, durante su comparecencia ante los medios para dar detalles sobre la financiación de 1.450 millones de euros para ejecutar las obras del Espai Barça, el proyecto de remodelación del Spotify Camp Nou y sus aledaños.EFE/Quique García
Quique GarcíaEFE

Barcelona have commissioned a report to investigate the feasibility of being able to play tournaments abroad, preferably in the Middle East or Asia.

TV3 report that the initiative is there in case serious sanctions are brought about due to the Negreira Case, with Barcelona being excluded from competitions.

However, after club president Joan Laporta’s meeting with UEFA head Aleksander Ceferin in Slovenia, optimism has grown at the Catalan club that such a sanction is unlikely.

Lack of Champions League revenue

The study can also be interpreted as a gesture towards the investors who are financing the Espai Barça, and who also requested guarantees from the club that revenue would be maintained in the worst-case scenario.

Barça would see these competitions or possible friendlies as a way to compensate for the losses caused by a sanction without being able to compete in the Champions League.

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In on-field news, Xavi’s side take on Osasuna at Camp Nou in LaLiga later today (Tuesday).