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Real Betis Have Removed Barcelona, Real Madrid And Atletico Madrid From La Liga Table On Their Website

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Real Betis Have Removed Barcelona, Real Madrid And Atletico Madrid From La Liga Table On Their Website

Real Betis jumped the gun by removing the top three Spanish clubs from the La Liga table on their website following news of the European Super League's formation.

Leaders Atletico Madrid, Barcelona and Real Madrid are among the 12 founding clubs involved in the much-maligned plans from Europe's elite clubs.

And having seen the bombshell announcement that has shook football to its core, Betis appeared to waste no time in moving on.

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The league table on the homepage of the website did not contain Atleti, Barca and Real and instead had them bumped up to third in the league instead of fifth.


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Incredibly, it meant that Betis' rivals Sevilla were top of the table but they didn't seem to mind all that much.

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However, if you click onto the full league table section, the three aforementioned omitted clubs are back in and the table is back to normal.

This morning, La Liga made their stance on the matter abundantly clear through a strongly-worded statement.

"La Liga strongly condemns the recently published proposal for a breakaway, elitist European competition that attacks the principles of open competition and sporting merit which are at the heart of the domestic and European football pyramid," the statement read.

"Today football fans across Europe can dream that their club, no matter the size, may excel, climb to the top and compete at the pinnacle of European football. La Liga defends this European tradition of football for all. The concept proposed by 12 European clubs destroys that dream, shutting the door to the top of European football, allowing in just an elite few.

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"La Liga has a proud, 90-year history as an open, merit-based competition. Millions of fans around the world follow the 42 clubs of La Liga Santander and La Liga SmartBank. The success of our competitions has helped football to become a key contributor to the Spanish economy, accounting for nearly 1.4% of GDP and providing employment for nearly 200,000 people.

"The newly proposed top European competition is nothing more than a selfish, egotistical proposal designed to further enrich the already super rich. It will undermine the appeal of the whole game and have a deeply damaging impact on the immediate and future of La Liga, its member clubs, and all the entire footballing ecosystem.

"In addition, the breakaway league threatens the rest of Spanish sports to which, in the current season, La Liga will contribute more than 126 million euros as part of its agreement with the Spanish government and the Spanish FA.

"This destruction of the European football ecosystem will also ultimately cause the failure of this new competition and its participating clubs, which have built their success based on the achievement of sports titles and triumphs, which will now be more limited. We use all measures at our disposal and work with all stakeholders to defend the integrity and future of Spanish football in the best interests of the game."

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It follows on from UEFA stating that teams involved with the Super League would face bans from all UEFA and FIFA competitions and any players involved would not be permitted to play in international tournaments such as the Euros or World Cup.

If it goes ahead, we could see Sevilla, Villarreal, Betis and Real Sociedad all representing Spain in a very different-looking Champions League next term.

Topics: European Super League, Football, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid, La Liga, Real Betis

Josh Lawless
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