Elitism must fall in European football circles

As Barcelona announced the signing of Leganés forward Martin Braithwaite, https://www.google.co.za/amp/s/www.fcbarcelona.com/en/news/1615162/fc-barcelona-sign-martin-braithwaite/amp, as their emergency signing after securing approval from the La Liga governing body.

It left many with a sour taste in their mouths. First of all, would a club outside of the top two in Spanish football be afforded a similar privilege if they had also applied for permission to sign a player after the January window had closed?
Interestingly, Barcelona was permitted to sign a center-forward based in La Liga, which meant some other team in the league would be basically bullied into selling to them and left a man light.

With the pick of the lot, Barcelona struck a deal with Leganés Braithwaite who has signed a four and a half year deal until 30 June 2024. Leganés have been left dismayed after the club’s request for a chance to also sign a player was rejected.

Club director, Martìn Ortega has spoken out on the matter saying “We want to raise our voice. We are in a situation of enormous and serious damage.” “We cannot understand the current regulation that a club, that suffers a long-term injury can perform this operation unilaterally and transfer its problem to another club ” in a statement released on the club’s website.

Martín Ortega didn’t stop there, he went on to say “We believe that the regulation is not fair and F.C. Barcelona has benefitted from it. The only injured party is C.D. Leganés.”

There needed to have been consultations between La Liga, Barcelona and whomever they would have decided to do business with. A mutual agreement between the three concerned parties to allow the party losing a player to have the privilege to sign a player as well. Meeting a player’s release clause should not have been the determining factor in this case. La Liga has missed the beat with this one and has landed 19th placed Leganés in a definite relegation spot.

The move reeks of the same elitist stench many of the Bayern Munich transfer dealings with inferior clubs in the Bundesliga. In a time where Manchester City are being accused of being the worst of the bunch. I must say the elite clubs such as Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Juventus, and Manchester United get away with murder. And they are virtually untouchable.

Philani Mukwakwami


Sports are a hobby horse of mine, what happens in-between the lines is just as thrilling as what happens outside of them.