Barcelona vs. Las Palmas to take place behind closed doors

Aubrey Yates
October 1, 2017

"The Catalan government have chose to celebrate a referendum against Spanish law, with all the global exposure that events in the Camp Nou will have", continued Las Palmas' statement.

The club added Sunday's match went ahead only after Spanish league chiefs refused to postpone it.

The match initially looked as though it would be called off at the last minute, as there had been concerns over a lack of security with protests continuing throughout the Catalonia region.

"It's unacceptable that, in a democratic country, people can't vote".

He added: "This is a shame, the images speak for themselves".

The Barcelona board met as footage of law enforcement officers using batons and rubber bullets on the crowds emerged, while voters were forcibly removed from some polling stations.

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Las Palmas said the club will not limit itself to being a "quiet witness at an historic crossroads".

Earlier, Las Palmas announced they will wear a Spanish flag on their shirts as a show of support for a united Spain.

"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".

Legendary Barca midfielder Xavi Hernandez, who now plays for Qatari side Al Sadd, also posted a video on social media describing the events as "shameful".

Spain's national government have ruled the referendum to be unconstitutional and illegal, although it has retained prominent support from the likes of Barcelona defender Gerard Pique and former Barca head coach Pep Guardiola.

Barcelona's Camp Nou, Europe's largest stadium with a capacity of almost 100,000, is often used as a rallying point for Catalan nationalists.

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