Club keeps fans out as protest

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen) - - NEWS -

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).”

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