Roma released a statement declaring the decision to withdraw “as a consequence of the need to modify the plan for summer friendly matches, in light of the principal objective of ensuring the best possible preparations and working conditions ahead of the 2022-23 season."
But Barca released their own statement in response: “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."