Club keeps fans out as protest
Barcelona’s Spanish league game against Las Palmas was played without fans at the Camp Nou Stadium amid the controversial referendum on Catalonia’s independence on Sunday.
Barcelona had backed the referendum and criticized the Spanish government for trying to impede the vote. Its president said that the decision to play behind closed doors was made as a way to protest against the government’s actions in Catalonia. Barcelona won the match 3-0 with two goals by Lionel Messi and one by Sergio Busquets.
The club wanted the game to be postponed, but it said that the Spanish league refused to accept its request. “We tried to suspend the game but it wasn’t possible,” Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu said.
“We could lose points if we didn’t play, so we decided to play behind closed doors as a way to show the entire world that we were not pleased with what happened (in Catalonia).”