The La Liga match between Barcelona and UD Las Palmas was played behind closed doors as a form of security and prevention against an imminent fight between fans of the clubs.
There were threats that the game would be postponed initially due to demonstrating Catalonia supporters who sought a referendum for the creation of a Catalunya republic. Fans of opposition team, Las Palmas had promised to put on jerseys bearing the the Spanish national flag on it, a development that irked Barcelona fans who are primarily Catalonians as a result of the team’s location.
The game went ahead despite rising tensions and Barça came out victorious courtesy of a Sergio Busquet header from Messi cornerkick and another double from the Argentine international to take his Liga tally for the season to 11 in 7 games.
Lionel Messi’s double ensured he’d never had a season’s start as productive as these as he has notched 11 goals in 7 games.
The referendum for the independence of Catalonia has been rejected by Spain’s Prime Minister Mariano as Barcelona and the La Liga are weighing up the option of moving to join another league in a situation where the referendum is approved.
The English Premier League has been listed as one of the possible options for the three teams based in Catalonia I.e Barcelona, Espanyol and Girona as fans and supporters are waiting to see what will become of their protests in the coming days.
Meanwhile, there were fights outside the Camp Nou today and on the streets as irafe fans of the club clashed with Las Palmas’ fans.
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