Wednesday, 23 September 2015
Football: Barca Could Leave Spanish La Liga
Barcelona and Espanyol are both from Catalonia region which is seeking independence from Spain.
Parliamentary elections take place in the region on Sunday and the independence process is top of the agenda for many voters.
Spain’s sport minister Miguel Cardenal, last week said Barcelona will not feature in La Liga if Catalunya becomes independent from Spain.
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He said: “FC Barcelona would be unable to carry on competing in the Spanish league. It’s absurd to think that if Catalunya becomes independent, the club could ask to be registered by the Spanish federation.”
The Catalunya Parliamentary elections take place on Sunday and the move for independence is what drives most voters.
Meanwhile club president Josep Maria Bartomeu says the club would not involve itself in any political agenda.
He said on Sunday: “We have always spoken about sport. We will not campaign. I understand that politicians have to do it, but Barca will show we are neutral.”
Staunch supporters of the Catalunya independence includes Barcelona players like Gerard Pique and former players like Xavi Hernandez and Pep Guardiola.