A cancelled test match between FC Barcelona and AS Roma has caused resentment in Spain – and could even have legal consequences.

On 6 August, the Joan Gamper Trophy at Camp Nou was supposed to be the setting for FC Barcelona’s season opener. Both the men’s and women’s teams were scheduled to play a test match against AS Roma before the Giallorossi suddenly scrapped the plan.

In a brief statement, the Italians argued that a change in the summer schedule had been necessary to “create the best possible working conditions for the club’s first men’s and women’s teams in the run-up to the upcoming season.”

“Both teams will continue their preparation with other, less travel-intensive commitments, which will be announced as soon as they are finalised,” the statement from Rome continued.

The move met with little approval from the Catalans. According to Barca officials, the signed contract was terminated “unilaterally and without giving any reason”.

Barca in search of a new opponent

“The club’s legal department is currently considering the appropriate measures to recover from the Italian team the damages and losses that this unexpected and unjustified decision has caused to FC Barcelona and its fans,” the Spanish club also announced.

Meanwhile, Barcelona are working to find a new opponent for this year’s edition of the Joan Gamper Trophy.