The likes of Gary Neville and Gary Lineker have hit out at Barcelona after a statement released by the club insisted that they would not withdraw from the European Super League.
The controversial proposed tournament had looked on the verge of collapse after all six English teams walked away from the competition.
But Barca remain convinced that there is a future in the proposals – and made it clear that they feel a Super League will be created sooner rather than later despite this setback.
The statement read: “FC Barcelona shares the view of most major European football clubs, and even more so given the current socio-economic climate, that there is a need for structural reforms to guarantee the financial sustainability and feasibility of world football by improving the product that is offered to fans around the world and by consolidating and even increasing the fan base on which this sport is sustained, which is its mainstay and greatest strength.
“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.”
They now say they will put the decision on whether or not to stay in the Super League to members, and call for an “in-depth analysis” without any “rash action”.
It is a response which has not impressed many, however, and Neville tweeted: “These great clubs acting like gangsters!”
Lineker, who used to play for Barca, added: “Awfully disappointing statement” along with a sad face emoji.
And BBC presenter Dan Walker questioned their famous motto, asking “Mes que un club?”
Their new president Joan Laporta has made it clear that he still believes in the idea of a Super League, and it seems that, bizarrely, he is the closest ally to Madrid president Florentino Perez despite the animosity between the two clubs.