Spanish La Liga giants FC Barcelona are considering whether to sue Serie A side AS Roma for possible damages caused to the club, after the Italian outfit pulled out of the annual Joan Gamper Trophy.
It was announced earlier this month that Barcelona intended to play AS Roma on August 6th at the Camp Nou, with kick-off expected to be at 21:00 local time.
However, it now appears that Jose Mourinho’s team have pulled out of the occasion, with Barcelona confirming the news in an official statement.
A statement revealed: “FC Barcelona announce that AS Roma have decided to unilaterally, without reason, withdraw from the agreed contract for both parties for the Joan Gamper Trophy game that was to be played on 6 August at Camp Nou in a fixture that was to see a men’s and women’s game once again.
“The Club is working on a finding a new opponents for this year’s edition. In the next 24 hours the return of money already spent on tickets will begin and the Club wants to make it clear that the suspension of the games has been due to circumstances outside the control of FC Barcelona, the express wish of AS Roma.”
“The Club’s Legal department is studying possible action against the Italian club for damages caused to FC Barcelona and its fans due to this unexpected and unjustified decision.”
Roma previously took part in the Joan Gamper Trophy in 2015 and they lost 3-0 to Barcelona on that occasion.
The match was expected to wrap up Barcelona’s pre-season, where they will play UE Olot, Inter Miami CF, Real Madrid, Juventus and the New York Red Bulls.
The opening round of La Liga fixtures will begin on August 12.