Mon. Aug 8th, 2022

Barcelona were to take on Jose Mourinho’s AS Roma this August in the Joan Gamper trophy on the 6th of August.

Only for AS Roma to issue a statement last week declaring that they were withdrawing from the friendly in order to better prepare for the upcoming season.

It was a sudden decision by the Conference League winners with reports making round that Barcelona were considering suing the Giallorossi over the withdrawal.

According to Corriere dello Sport via Marca there was a different reason behind Roma’s decision. Seemingly Nasser Al-Khelaifi, Paris Saint-Germain CEO and head of the European Clubs Association, has urged other clubs not to commit to friendlies with the clubs still involved in the Superleague. That would be Barcelona, Real Madrid and Juventus.

Barcelona are yet to get an opponent for the annual competition.

By Nwosu Chizoba David

Nwosu Chizoba David is an entertainment and football lover, promoter, analyst and writer. He aspires to make a name in the media company. He is the CEO of Soccercruz (News site, Podcast, Radio and Television). email:, phone number: +2348063046744.

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