Barcelona to play Las Palmas behind closed doors

Date published: Sunday 1st October 2017 3:37

Barcelona’s LaLiga match against Las Palmas will be played behind closed doors at the Nou Camp, it has been confirmed.

The decision came amid violent local clashes as police attempted to shut down an unofficial Catalan independence referendum.

Barcelona’s announcement came barely 20 minutes before the scheduled 3.15pm BST kick-off time and followed hours of uncertainty over whether the game would go ahead.

According to multiple reports in Spain, LaLiga authorities and the Spanish football federation (RFEF) wanted the fixture to go ahead as planned.

Barcelona are also reported to have consulted local authorities who gave the match clearance to proceed.

A club statement said: “FC Barcelona condemns the events which have taken place in many parts of Catalonia today in order to prevent its citizens exercising their democratic right to free expression.

“Given the exceptional nature of events, the board of directors have decided that the FC Barcelona first-team game against Las Palmas will be played behind closed doors following the Liga de Futbol Profesional’s refusal to postpone the game.”

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