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BARCELONA - SEVILLA

National anthem warm-up heard 2km from Calderón

Rehearsals in the Calderón on Sunday saw the Spanish national anthem cranked up to deafening volume for fear of boos from Barça fans.
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National anthem warm-up heard 2km from Calderón
Alex Caparros

During the morning at the Vicente Calderón the national anthem was tested on the stadium speakers a number of times at ear-splitting volume, to the extent that it could be heard easily within a kilometre and a half of the stadium and even up to two kilometres away.

The reasoning lies in recent history: on previous occasions when Barcelona have played in the Copa del Rey final the anthem, which has no words to allow for back-up vocals from the crowd, has been drowned out in a chorus of boos by the Barça support. After the controversy leading up to the match over the estelada flags Barça fans traditionally wave at matches, which required the intervention of a judge in Madrid to resolve, the Spanish Football Federation is eager to pull out the stops to prevent a repeat performance with King Felipe in attendance.