Spanish League denies Messi and reaffirms contract with Barcelona

Madrid - The Spanish Soccer League reaffirmed today the validity of FC Barcelona's contract with Argentine Lionel Messi and assured that if the player wants to leave the club unilaterally, he must pay the termination clause.

The entity, chaired by Javier Tebas, explained in a brief statement that Messi and his representatives make a 'decontextualized interpretation, away from the letter of the contract.'

For that reason, the Spanish League maintains its position, aligned with that of Barcelona: Messi will have to pay the termination clause of 700 million euros established in the contract if he wishes to leave the Barça club.

This note is made public minutes after Messi issued a statement in which he accused Thebes of 'obvious partiality' in this case.

We do not know which contract is the one they have analyzed and what are the bases on which they conclude that it would have an applicable 'termination clause' in case the player decides to urge the unilateral termination of it, with effect from the end of the 2019-2020 sports season, explains Messi's statement.

This compensation will not apply when the resolution of the contract by unilateral decision of the player takes effect at the end of the 2019-2020 sports season, he emphasizes.

According to the representation of the Argentine soccer player, the compensation of 700 million euros of the termination clause does not apply at all and he is free to leave the club.

FC Barcelona, ​​for its part, indicates that 'the escape clause expired on June 10 without communication from the Barça captain to leave and that the contract remains in force until 2021 with a fee clause of 700 million euros.'

However, the Catalan club blatantly omits that the season did not end on that date, but in mid-August, due to the new coronavirus pandemic.

For the moment, the two parties maintain their initial position and the case could go to the courts of the International Football Federation (FIFA), for final resolution, in case of not reaching an agreement.

Last June, FIFA created a legal framework for all the scenario changes caused by Covid-19.

In the public document, FIFA asked clubs and players, respecting the labor laws of each country, to extend contracts and assignments.

In this regard, it also urged the parties to extend the current contract and postpone the start of the new contract according to the choice of legislation made in the respective contracts.

According to press reports, Messi has several options on the table, but the strongest so far seems to be related to Manchester City, where his former coach Josep Guardiola is in charge.

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