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Barcelona vs. Las Palmas to be played behind closed doors

Barcelona vs. Las Palmas to be played behind closed doors”

But Bartomeu said the images of the game would highlight the "inadmissible situation going on around Catalonia".

But a club statement from Barcelona, released 25 minutes before the match was due to begin, said the Spanish Football League (LFP) had rejected a proposal for the fixture to be postponed, meaning the game will go ahead on schedule but without the presence of spectators, many of whom were outside the ground awaiting news of the kick-off.

Ernesto Valverde claims that Barcelona's decision to play against Las Palmas at an empty Camp Nou was an "exceptional gesture", amid scenes of violence in Catalonia. "The club has tried to postpone the game, it has not been possible, and the club has decided to make an exceptional gesture to a situation that was being generated throughout Catalonia".

"No matter how far away the Gran Canaria Stadium is, we have never felt the least temptation to be part of a country other than this".

"We will take it to the highest authorities and there will be consequences".

"We very seriously considered the option of postponing the game, but we could not get the Liga de Futbol Profesional to approve our request".

After the match, most of the attention was about the political turmoil in the area.

"It is a decision that has put the club in a hard situation".

The decision to play was not a universal one. Former president Joan Laporta criticised the decision to the play the game, as did former coach Pep Guardiola.

Bartomeu explained that playing the game behind closed doors was a way for the club to show their distain over the actions of the police and government.

Bartomeu also confirmed two directors, vice-president Carles Vilarrubi and Jordi Mones, had resigned following an extraordinary general meeting on Monday.

Amid the global break, Barca have already joined a Catalonia-wide strike on Tuesday and will continue to defend the people's right to self-determination.

The post, via the Barcelona man's official Twitter account which has not been well received by the 31-year-old, roughly translates to, "From today and until Sunday, let us express ourselves peacefully". "We will value it when we get to that moment. In the case of independence, the board, the club and the club's members would have to decide which league we would play in".



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