Barcelona say they will take legal action against La Liga in a bid to increase their salary budget by 15% as they feel current rules penalize them for not participating in the league’s deal with the partners of equity fund CVC Capital.
However, La Liga are confident that Barça are not being hampered in any way by the regulations, with this measure being taken by the Catalan club after attempts to force the issue with the Spanish federation and UEFA were unsuccessful.
First and second division Spanish clubs that have signed the ‘La Liga Boost’ deal with CVC in 2021 can spend 15% of the money from that source on wages and transfers.
Barça were not one of those teams, however, and the Catalan club have filed a lawsuit against the league, claiming they cannot compete on an equal footing with the teams that signed the deal.
The news of Barça’s intention to take the matter to the Common Courts was released by the Spanish news agency EFE and confirmed by The Athletic on Friday.
The deal with CVC meant that clubs in the top two divisions of Spanish football received additional funding in exchange for a share of La Liga’s revenue from TV rights for the next 50 years.
Barça opposed the deal along with Real Madrid and Athletic Bilbao, while another unnamed club voted against and another abstained at the time.
Instead, Barca raised money last summer through various levers, including €667m in funding last summer from American lenders Sixth Street, with the sale of its own future TV rights. La Liga allowed portions of that money to be included in Barça’s 2021-22 and 2022-23 season budgets, which allowed Barça to sign stars like Robert Lewandowski, Raphinha and Jules Kounde last summer.
La Liga argued that Barça have already spent 100% of the money they raised from their levers on their budget, which included wages and salaries, so adding another 15% would mean they could spend 115% of the money. raised, which would only worsen its overall financial position in the long run.