Revealed: Why Barca Had To Play Behind Closed Doors
Josep Maria Bartomeu Reveals Why FC Barcelona Had To Play Despite Political Unrest
With all the political unrest in Catalonia over the weekend, FC Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has now revealed why the Blaugrana had to honour their fixture against Las Palmas, and why it was played behind closed doors.
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The league leader's 3-0 victory on Sunday took place at an empty Camp Nou, and it came on a day when more than 760 people were reportedly been injured as police and voters clashed during Catalonia's independence referendum.
The Spanish side tried to have the game postponed but were told by the football association that they had no grounds to do so and would face hefty punishment, including points being docked, if the match was not played.
"We regret the lack of freedom of expression, which has taken place today in Catalonia, something that we value a lot," Bartomeu told AS.
"We're very sorry, and we've decided, instead of cancelling the game, like we wanted, to play it behind closed doors.
"We wanted to show that the match would be played but without normality. The situation is exceptional.
"We give our support to those who have suffered this lack of freedom. We tried to get La Liga to postpone the game, but there was no way it could've been played on another day.
"Not playing it would've meant the loss of six points. We talked to the executives, coaches and players and we decided to play, but behind closed doors as a form of criticism. The important thing was that no points were lost."
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