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The most famous symbol of Catalonia is betraying its ethos

After an emergency board meeting, the club said it had taken the decision to ban fans from the match against fellow Spanish La Liga club Las Palmas after the national league refused to postpone it.

Barcelona staged their LaLiga match against Las Palmas behind closed doors as a protest while clashes sparked by the Catalan independence referendum occurred nearby. It was eventually decided 25 minutes prior to the game that the game will go ahead, with fans locked outside the ground.

"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", the club said on its website.

"We're very sorry, and we've decided, instead of cancelling the game, like we wanted, to play it behind closed doors".

Given the outrageous repression suffered by the Catalan people, we ask FC Barcelona to suspend the game.

Barcelona can not afford to think too much about the upcoming fixtures, but rather concentrate on Las Palmas.

Barcelona and its members would have to decide which soccer league to play in if Catalonia gained independence from Spain, club president Josep Maria Bartomeu said on Monday.

Las Palmas announced their intention to wear a shirt embroidered with the Spanish flag at Camp Nou in opposition to the Catalan separatist movement and accused Barcelona of making the game "more than a sporting event with the [fixture] calendar".

In an eerily quiet Camp Nou, Barcelona maintained their 100% start to the season.

Police hit people with batons, fired rubber bullets into crowds and forcibly removed would-be voters from polling stations in actions that were condemned internationally but described by the government as "proportionate".

But, despite the unrest outside the stadium, La Liga ordered that Barcelona vs. Las Palmas would have to go ahead or the hosts would be deducted six points.

Bartomeu reiterated that there was no security threat, which was the official reason in the referee's report for the game being played behind closed doors, and said that "this doesn't end here".

The fixture ended in a 3-0 victory for Barça, with star player Lionel Messi scoring twice.

"We were aware of what happened here today, we don't live in an igloo", Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said.

"The Catalan government have made a decision to celebrate a referendum against Spanish law, with all the worldwide exposure that events in the Camp Nou will have", continued Las Palmas' statement. "We all want the same thing, for there to be respect between everyone".

The 30-year old was clear about his position on the importance of their being a referendum saying that whether people voted yes, no, or abstained it didn't matter.

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