Barcelona president Joan Laporta calls for stricter rules on state-owned clubs | Barcelona

State-owned clubs are causing “instability” in football and should be subject to stricter rules, Joan Laporta, the president of Barcelona, has said.

Laporta revealed he was lobbying Uefa to at least harmonise rules over club ownership across Europe because state-owned clubs, such as Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain, are “not using the same tools” to compete.

“The state clubs are a problem because they provoke an instability of our sport, of football in Europe,” he said. “I’m asking for rules that have to be more strict for these kinds of clubs because the resources…

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