The Catalans said in a statement on Thursday that the project required further analysis and could be set up in a different format but appeared to rule out joining fellow Spanish side Atletico Madrid and the six English clubs in leaving
Barcelona have justified signing up to the European Super League by saying it was a "historic opportunity" to guarantee football's financial sustainability, adding that they remain committed to the project even as other clubs jump ship.
The Catalans said in a statement on Thursday that the project required further analysis and could be set up in a different format but appeared to rule out joining fellow Spanish side Atletico Madrid and the six English clubs in leaving.
"Given the public reaction that the aforementioned project has generated...there is no question FC Barcelona appreciates a much more in-depth analysis is required into the reasons that have caused this reaction," the statement said.
"Such in-depth analysis needs time and the necessary composure to avoid taking any rash action."
Manchester City, Chelsea, Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur abandoned the project on Tuesday while Atletico joined them on Wednesday. Juventus, Inter Milan and AC Milan also accepted the plan had failed.
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has refused to accept the project is dead, however, while Barca chief Joan Laporta said earlier on Thursday the Super League was a necessity but was open to dialogue with European soccer organisers UEFA.
Club statement on the Super Leaguehttps://t.co/BFSgo1OaQoApril 22, 2021
Barca are in a deep financial crisis despite being the most valuable club in the world and the one with the biggest income.
Their statement added that structural reforms were needed "to guarantee the financial sustainability and feasibility of world football", explaining they agreed to join the Super League "as a matter of immediate urgency".
It also described the breakaway project, which has been fiercely criticised by supporters and political leaders across Europe, as "a competition designed to improve the quality and attractiveness of the product offered to the football fans".
Barcelona President Joan Laporta has maintained his support for a European Super League this afternoon saying it is “absolutely necessary.”— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) April 22, 2021
"The decision was made in the conviction that it would have been a historical error to turn down the opportunity to be part of this project as one of its founding members," Barca said.
"As one of the world's top sports club, our intention shall always be to be at the forefront, this being an indispensable part of the club's identity and its sporting, social and institutional spirit."