Barcelona vs. Las Palmas to take place behind closed doors

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La Liga said the match should take place as usual because the safety of spectators had been "guaranteed" by the Catalan police.

Barcelona's match on Sunday against Las Palmas was played behind closed doors at the Camp Nou after violent clashes in the city during its Independence referendum vote. Messi added his goals seven minutes apart toward the end of the game at the empty Camp Nou, Europe's largest stadium with a capacity of almost 100,000. We decided that instead of postponing the game, which is what we wanted, we'd play behind closed doors. After losing back-to-back matches, things do not look good for Palmas against Barcelona.

Las Palmas added a Spanish flag to the shirts that the players wore against Barcelona to show its support for a unified Spain.

"We very seriously considered the option of postponing the game, but we could not get La Liga to approve our request".

For Las Palmas, the defeat leaves them routed in 17th place, just above the relegation zone. "We talked with the directors, the team and management team and we made a decision to play the game".

This goal thanks to the great service Denis Suarez who thrust the breakthrough bait on Messi who escaped the offside trap.

According to the Catalan Health Ministry, about 465 people injured by police violence: 216 were hurt in Barcelona, 80 in Girona, 64 in Lleida, 53 in Terres de l'Ebre, 27 in Catalunia central and 25 in Tarragona.

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The game, which Barcelona won 3-0 thanks to second-half goals from Sergio Busquets and Lionel Messi (2), was played against an eerie backdrop of 99,000 empty seats in the Camp Nou.

With no fans allowed in the ground, it bears asking how this supporter managed to make it inside the Camp Nou, let alone rush the pitch itself.

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

"Barça and Catalonia have been linked historically and the club should be 100% committed to the people of Catalonia", Carles Ordiales, president of supporters group Seguiment, told Marca.

"UD Las Palmas could have been limited to being a silent witness of this historical crossroads or to take sides".

"In the case of independence, Catalan teams in La Liga - Barcelona, Espanyol and Girona - will have to decide where they want to play: in the Spanish league or a neighbouring country like Italy, France or the (English) Premier League", he said. "Let people vote peacefully".

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