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Pep Criticises Barca's Decision

Pep Guardiola Criticises FC Barcelona’s Decision

By Keegan Kruger - Oct 02, 2017 05:00 PM @KeeganKruger

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.

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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."

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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.

Do you agree with Guardiola's opinion on the matter? Have your say in the comments section below. 


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Sayder Joined: 10 Feb 2015
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Sayder Oct 03, 2017 12:33 AM
Politicians have no right to get involved in sport matters Spanish government should be punished for this act. And be charged with violence against humanity for the unnecessary violence against those peaceful demonstrators of Catolonia
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JOMMAK Joined: 25 Aug 2017
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JOMMAK Oct 03, 2017 12:29 AM
The Franco years are back...next they'll be trying to steal titles and players from Barca as they did for 40 years, but this time they won't succeed
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Mandridster_United Joined: 31 Jul 2012
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Mandridster_United Oct 02, 2017 08:30 PM
Pep is not criticising Barca's decision here. He's criticising the league's decision to force Barca to play the match after the Barcelona police declared it safe to play it.
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ChiefsChelsea Joined: 03 Nov 2010
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ChiefsChelsea Oct 02, 2017 08:25 PM
@jerrysithole7...the same reason why the State President appoint the Minister of Sports...
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jerrysithole7 Joined: 20 Apr 2017
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jerrysithole7 Oct 02, 2017 08:11 PM
Why should sports being dragged into politics Pep?
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elk baloyi Oct 02, 2017 08:03 PM
dis man is crazy
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Sphe644 Joined: 23 Jul 2017
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Sphe644 Oct 02, 2017 07:54 PM
Pep ddn't u hear the officials of la liga wat they said if Barca won't play dat match "well then let me tell u dat they said if Barca don't play they will lose 6points I repeat 6points"
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Iviweluwalala Oct 02, 2017 07:35 PM
Pep is a hypocrite did he participate on this referendum protest or watched it on tv in respect of his own job. As far as I know politics and football don't mix cz fcbarcelona had to listen/follow rules and regulations of la Liga because it's not political related organization
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Thokozani_Shezi Oct 02, 2017 07:04 PM
Does Barca control La Liga??? Who was suppose to postpone the game, is it Barca or La Liga President???
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Bragibbz Oct 02, 2017 06:51 PM
Is done now so close your mouth and move on pep
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wongama Oct 02, 2017 06:50 PM
No....Pep is a catalan so he understands the pain and suffering of the catolunya people.
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Xolany Mthembu endumo wedowns Joined: 15 Aug 2017
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Xolany Mthembu endumo wedowns Oct 02, 2017 06:30 PM
so Pep's mind is still @ Barca
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Manueldosantos Joined: 07 Jun 2011
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Manueldosantos Oct 02, 2017 06:10 PM
Yeah Pep's right! Barca should have either applied for the game to be played Saturday afternoon.
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Warras4khosi Oct 02, 2017 06:03 PM
Xolo
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Flipping lyf Oct 02, 2017 05:58 PM
Dont blame barca blame la liga president coz he's in charge
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Deftman05 Oct 02, 2017 05:28 PM
An injury to one is an injury to all.
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Nkundka ka manyovu Oct 02, 2017 05:25 PM
If it was Soth African media hhahahahahahahaha
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jinks Oct 02, 2017 05:24 PM
Pep stores.

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