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We won’t apologise for trying to organise Super League, asserts Joan Laporta

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In light of criticism, Barcelona president Joan Laporta has vowed that the club won’t apologize to UEFA for trying to create a Super League as they wanted to control their ‘own destiny’. The La Liga giants, Real Madrid and Juventus are the only three founding teams still left in the Super League.

While the Super League shocked and awed every football fan, critic and other football clubs across the planet, it’s eventual suspension was celebrated by many. However, while the Super League has indeed been suspended at the moment, there are still three holdouts which include Barcelona, Real Madrid and Juventus. All three sides have been under a UEFA investigation, that was recently suspended, with them refusing to give up on the dream of the Super League.

That is despite multiple, nine, founding members withdrawing within days of the creation of the league and it has many fans and critics of said clubs concerned. But in a recent interview, Joan Laporta has continued to back the league and asserted that the project is still alive. The Barcelona president also revealed that the club will refuse to apologize for trying to create the Super League because they wanted to be masters of their own destiny.

“We spoke with the clubs [involved] and said we liked [the proposals], but that we needed them to accept that our members would have to approve entry at the next assembly. It was logical to have that vote before June 30. But now, as the format doesn’t exist, I won’t ask you to vote. But the project is alive, I insist,” Laporta told the club’s general assembly.

“We’re still trying to enter into dialogue with UEFA. We won’t apologise for trying to organise a competition. We won’t say sorry to UEFA for wanting to be the owners of our own destiny. At least not while I am president.”

The other nine founders, even though they withdrew, faced fines from UEFA but the sanctions and potential judicial cases for Barcelona, Real Madrid and Juventus remain up in the air. It saw Laporta pleased at the fact that UEFA suspended the case and that they registered the trio for the upcoming Champions League season. He also added that the only reason they did it was because they love football and things need to change.

“UEFA threatened us with fines and with kicking us out of the Champions League. Time has proven us right. Now they have cancelled [suspended] the disciplinary process and registered us for next season’s Champions League.

“We’re doing this because we love football and because right now the game is in a complicated situation. The state-owned clubs can make much more attractive offers than us and they keep on investing,” he added

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MLB trade grade: Brewers acquire Daniel Norris from Tigers

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Daniel Norris trade for the Brewers is nothing to phone home about

Milwaukee supporters sure were hoping for some better news, as Norris is currently sporting a 5.83 ERA this season. That’s not the kind of production you want from a reliever, which is why the Brewers receive a C grade for this deal.

Meanwhile, for Detroit, they’re getting a B+ for moving Norris. In return, Tigers beat writer Jason Beck is reporting Detroit is receiving 21-year-old pitching prospect, Reese Olson.

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FA’s 2021-22 calendar is the best thing Australian football has seen in decades

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In spite of the continuing and significant COVID-19 realities presenting themselves in New South Wales, Football Australia today released its domestic match calendar for 2021-22. (more…)

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Blue Jays acquiring Twins ace Jose Berrios for Martin, Woods Richardson

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The Toronto Blue Jays made a big splash hours before Friday’s MLB Trade Deadline, acquiring right-handed starter Jose Berrios from the Minnesota Twins, Sportsnet’s Ben Nicholson-Smith confirms.

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic was first to report the agreement.

Nicholson-Smith reports that the Blue Jays are sending No. 2 prospect Austin Martin and No. 4 prospect Simeon Woods Richardson to the Twins in the trade.

Berrios, who is under team control through the 2022 season, was one of the most sought-after starters on the trade market. He has 3.48 ERA and 126 strikeouts in 20 starts for the Twins this season. The two-time All-Star has spent his entire six-year career with the Twins and outside his rookie season he has never had an ERA above 4.00.

The move gives the Blue Jays a third ace starter to join Robbie Ray, Alek Manoah and Cy Young finalist Hyun-Jin Ryu. It also is the latest blockbuster move in the AL East arms race after the Yankees, Red Sox and Rays all made trades in recent days to add power bats to their lineups.

The Blue Jays enter play Friday, their first home game at the Rogers Centre in nearly two years, fourth in the division with a 51-48 record. They are 9.5 games back of the Red Sox for first in the division and 4.5 games out a wild card spot.

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