Good grief, Barcelona FC is about to have their biggest crisis- Catalonia. Indeed, Neymar’s unprecedented departure from Barca FC has proven to be just the start of the many thunderbolts that threaten to destabilise the club. Yes, we are beginning to get used to the sight of Messi winning on the field alone. But it appears Barca FC is now threatened with a big, national crisis.
If you have been following the sports news on your DSTV, STARTIMES, GOTV decoders, then you would have found out that Catalonia, where Barcelona FC finds its bearing/location in Spain, is just about to explode. As featured by Super Sports, DSTV channel 409 and Startimes 123, the people and ruling party of Catalonia are demanding independence from the Federal Government of Spain. In essence, they want to secede from their mother country. And for whatever reason this decision has been made, the Catalans are proving that they are going to stand by what they want- independence. This is in spite of the recent ruckus caused by the Spanish Police,
OCTOBER 1ST SEES BARCA FC BEHIND CLOSED DOORS
Really, the catastrophe that took place on the first of October in Spain proves the enormity of the situation. Catalonia decided to hold a referendum to assert the position of the Spaniard majority regarding the independence. Well, the Federal Government of Spain disagreed vehemently against this motion, even sending out Spanish Police who seized ballots, used force and whatever other means to stop citizens from voting. Against this backdrop, Barcelona FC was denied the right to postpone a match on this first of October. They were forced to play against UD Las Palmas in an empty stadium. Behind closed doors.
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CATALONIA PUTS THE WORLD IN A FIX
Now, as sports and politics are usually intertwined in countries like Spain. It is inevitable to ignore the impact of Catalonia’s decision to secede from Spain and be an independent country. For one, Barcelona FC’s Camp Nou is officially located in Catalonia. Thus, when Catalonia becomes independent, Barca will no longer be allowed to compete in the La Liga.
Of course, by all means, this will affect all ends. It is the legendary state rivalry between Real Madrid and Barca that spices up the La Liga. It also draws international attention to the football tournament. Consequently, the league, Catalonia, and Spain will fizzle out of the football headlines gradually yet surely. Barca’s administration professes that they can always walk their way around this. and still, compete in the La Liga league. But Javier Tebas, the president of the league, insists this will not be allowed.
FOOTBALLERS ARE MADE TO LOOK AWAY FROM THE BALL
Several footballers across clubs in Spain are feeling the brunt of the disputes between Spain and Catalonia. To start with, Gerard Pique, one of Barca’s star man, in an emotional interview, is clearly torn between two sides. He has both Spanish and Catalan heritage. But he wishes to stay in Spain despite the booings and criticisms coming from all sides. Sergio Ramos, a player in Real Madrid, is unrepentant in his support of Spain and its rulings. He even tells Pique, who just happens to be a very close friend, to keep his Catalan sentiments to himself. Now this shows just how much the split is going to affect both even the individual lives of the Spaniards.
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