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UPDATE: FC Barcelona wins in silence as Catalan referendum descends into chaos

UPDATE: FC Barcelona wins in silence as Catalan referendum descends into chaos

10/02/2017

The legendary soccer club FC Barcelona opted to play Sunday's match against Las Palmas before an empty stadium as the city and its Catalonian region descended into chaos (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/chaos-clashes-and-hundreds-of-reported-injuries-as-catalans-go-to-the-polls-in-vote-that-could-split-spain-2017-10-01) over an independence referendum that the Spanish Constitutonal Court had ruled illegal. Leo Messi scored two goals in a 3-0 league win over the Canary Islands side. FC Barcelona decided just 25 minutes before kickoff to play behind closed doors at the 99,000-plus-capacity Camp Nou, according to a BBC report (http://www.bbc.com/sport/football/41459838), after the La Liga rejection of a club request that the match be postponed in light of the atmosphere outside the ground, which by then reportedly featured a violent national-police crackdown on demonstrators and voters. The league, according to the BBC report, was believed to have threatened a penalty against league-table leader Barcelona equivalent to a stripping away of two victories for a unilateral decision to postpone the match.

-Tim Rostan; 415-439-6400; AskNewswires@dowjones.com

 

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