It turns out that Barcelona would be barred from playing in La Liga if Catalonia broke free from Spain. The president of the Liga de Futbol Profesional, Javier Tebas confirmed that Barca would be booted out of the league in that scenario as tensions mount in Spain over a possible independence referendum next month.
Both Barcelona and their local rivals Espanyol would likely have to play in a separate Catalan league, which would be predominately made up of semi-professional teams. Tebas seemed worried about the prospect of losing one of the most dominant teams in the league, speaking at a recent press conference.
There would have to be a change in the law made in the Spanish parliament. Clearly if it happened, then it would be detrimental for Spanish football to lose Barça who are an historic club.
I can’t imagine the LFP without Barça. In the same way as I can’t imagine Catalonia without Spain, I can’t see La Liga without Barça. Also if it did happen what would you call the league: the Spanish League or the Iberian League?”
With legendary Barcelona midfielder Xavi and towering centre-back Gerard Pique coming out as firm supporters of Catalonia becoming independent, the fears that Barcelona might be ousted from La Liga are legitimate.
Also, if the comments about Real Madrid's Portuguese talisman rejoining Man Utd are to be believed, then La Liga could be facing the prospect of losing its two biggest players. The loss of both Messi and Ronaldo would be disastrous for the Spanish league.
Hat tip: The Guardian