Barca and La Liga ‘must con­tinue’ says direc­tor

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Barcelona must re­main in Spain’s La Liga, club gen­eral direc­tor Os­car Grau said yes­ter­day after the Cata­lan lead­ers signed a dec­la­ra­tion of in­de­pen­dence.

La Liga pres­i­dent Javier Te­bas has re­peat­edly in­sisted that Cata­lan teams would not be al­lowed to con­tinue in La Liga if in­de­pen­dence is es­tab­lished.

But dur­ing the un­veil­ing of Barcelona’s 2016/2017 ac­counts, Grau said: “The bud­gets are based on par­tic­i­pa­tion in La Liga. I think that La Liga and Barca must con­tinue to­gether.”

Grau was speak­ing less than 24 hours after Cata­lan pres­i­dent Car­les Puigde­mont an­nounced that he had ac­cepted the man­date for “Cat­alo­nia to be­come an in­de­pen­dent state” fol­low­ing the con­tested Oc­to­ber 1 ref­er­en­dum.

But in a speech to the Cata­lan par­lia­ment, Puigde­mont im­me­di­ately called for in­de­pen­dence to be sus­pended, to al­low for ne­go­ti­a­tions with Madrid.

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