FC Barcelona condemns central government’s actions
Catalonia wants to hold an independence referendum, the Spanish government is trying to prevent this by all means.Barca takes a clear stand.
Catalonia’s football club FC Barcelona condemned the action of the Spanish central government and defended the right to a Catalan referendum on independence.
“The will of the majority of the Catalan people must be respected, the Barça leadership stressed in a statement:” After the events of the past few days, the association is taking the side of “democracy, freedom of opinion and decision-making”.
The club of five-time world footballer Lionel Messi and national goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen commented on the morning police raid at the regional government headquarters in Barcelona.13 employees of the regional government were arrested.
Josep Maria Jové – the right hand of Vice-President Oriol Junqueras – was arrested.Jové was responsible for coordinating the preparation of the referendum and for the economic affairs.
After the raid at his seat, Carles Puigdemont, head of Catalonia’s government, accused the central government of imposing a de facto state of emergency on the region.
The Spanish government in Madrid is currently trying to do everything it can to ensure that the EU’s budget for the first half of the year is adequate.The Commission has decided to prohibit the independence referendum in Catalonia, which is planned for October 1.
Barca is the flagship of Catalan sport and has always clearly positioned itself politically in the past.