FC Barcelona will continue to support Catalonia’s push to vote on secession from the rest of Spain despite warnings that they could be excluded from La Liga.
Liga de Futbol Profesional president Tebas has stated that a ‘yes’ vote would see both Barcelona and city rivals Espanyol unable to play in the Spanish top flight.
“Barcelona and Espanyol would not play in the Spanish League if Catalonia becomes independent for the following reason: the Sports Act has an additional provision that only one non-Spanish state can play in La Liga or official Spanish competitions, and that is Andorra.”
Barcelona have already stated that it ”was one of the first institutions to declare it was in favor of the right to decide.”
Both Xavi and central defender Gerard Pique are two Barcelona player who have spoke in favour of Catalonia becoming an independent region.
“We have all the right in the world to vote. We need to vote, we need the people to show their opinions and I am in favour of the referendum obviously
While Gerard Pique also spoke about the issue to reporters.
“I am Catalan and I wanted to take part in the rally. I went with friends to have a good time with the other 1.8 million that were there.”
Polls have shown that most of the 7.5 million residents of Catalonia support the vote but only half would be willing to end all ties with the rest of Spain.
Barcelona were criticized during the Joan Laporta period of 2003-2010 for ‘alienating’ the rest of Spain as the former president wanted the club to be at the forefront of Catalan national politics.
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Dan Dalton, Pundit Arena.