Spanish side Barcelona could possibly leave La Liga ifCatalonia gains independence, according to the club’s own president JosepBartomeu.
The club had reason to play their match against Las Palmasbehind closed doors on the weekend due to violent protests that left a reported840 people injured by law enforcement officers after their attempts to cast avote in a banned referendum.
In quotes obtained from Sky Sports, Bartomeu revealedthat the club could face a decision over the league they play in if theautonomous region of Catalonia gain their independence from Spain.
“In the case of independence, the club and the memberswould have to decide in which league we would play,” Bartomeu toldreporters after a board meeting.
“We are going through difficult and complicated momentsand with respect to what could happen in the future we will take it on withcalm and wisdom.”
Gerard Figueras, the Catalan sports minister, recentlyclaimed that Barca, as well as Espanyol and Girona, would have the optionof changing leagues if they felt a need to.
“In the case of independence, Catalan teams in La LigaBarcelona, Espanyol and Girona will have to decide where they want to play: inthe Spanish league or a neighbouring country like Italy, France or the(English) Premier League,” he explained.
This comes in the wake of the club coming out on topof a no confidence vote levelled against their board by formerpresidential candidate Agusti Bendito.
Bendito, who needed 16,570 member votes to see hismotion go through, only received 12,504 by the Wednesday deadline set bythe club, and he conceded defeat on Thursday.