Pep Criticises Barca's Decision
Pep Guardiola Criticises FC Barcelona’s Decision
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has criticised FC Barcelona's decision to play their match against Las Palmas on Sunday, despite the volatile political situation in the city.
The former Blaugrana coach, who is Catalonian, also hit out his government and the country's prime minister Mariano Rajoy for the violence used towards voters who were peacefully trying to cast their vote during the Catalonia independence referendum.
"I would not have played the Barca-Las Palmas game at all," Guardiola told Rac1.
"If you play that game, you play in front of the fans with all the consequences that come with it. There were over 700 people injured, those individuals who wanted to cast a vote, not to rob a bank!
"But Rajoy will not answer questions and will not listen, they have sent those 700 people of their nation to hospital.
"The whole world has seen what happened. They have broken the fingers of a girl who had gone to vote, and the only media outlets who will not explain the seriousness of this will be the Spanish ones.
"The international community has seen the pictures and videos, the Spanish media will not show them, and I'm annoyed Rajoy has not spoken about those injured."
Barcelona, who played in an empty Camp Nou, went on to win the match 3-0 – Lionel Messi scored a brace while Sergio Busquets netted the other strike.
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