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Barcelona vs Las Palmas played behind closed doors

Barcelona vs Las Palmas played behind closed doors

ALBERT GEA

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The LaLiga match between Barcelona and Las Palmas at the Camp Nou took place behind closed doors, the club confirmed in an official statement before kick-off. Reports from the Catalan media earlier in the day had stated that the match would be postponed altogether, however the police confirmed there was no public safety issue with the game going ahead, and LaLiga refused to postpone the match. 

There had been violent incidents in Catalonia throughout the day as police officers prevented people voting in an independence referendum by seizing ballot boxes at polling stations. The referendum was deemed illegal by Spain's constitutional court, and the central government therefore pledged to stop it taking place.

FC Barcelona statement

Barcelona released the following statement in respect of the match:

"FC Barcelona condemns the events which have taken place in many parts of Catalonia today in order to prevents its citizens exercising their democratic right to free expression.

Given the exceptional nature of events, the Board of Directors have decided that the FC Barcelona first team game against Las Palmas will be played behind closed doors following the Professional Football League's refusal to postpone the game."

Barcelona vs Las Palmas reported suspension: as it happened

15:51 | Barcelona announce that the match will take place behind closed doors.

15:48 | The Las Palmas team have taken to the pitch for their warm-up.

15:43 | A Barcelona supporters group has stated that fans should invade the pitch if the match goes ahead.

15:35 | Supporters continue to wait outside Camp Nou, unaware of whether the match will go ahead, or whether they will be allowed to enter the stadium.

15:32 | The Barcelona goalkeepers have begun their warm-up, with just under 45 minutes until the scheduled kick-off time.

15:18 | BeIN Sports are reporting that the match could take place behind closed doors.

15:13 | Las Palmas assistant manager David Caneda has told Spanish television that the side are preparing as normal and have not been told that the match will not go ahead.

15:08 | Las Palmas players are on the pitch at Camp Nou, while fans are not being allowed to enter the stadium. 

15:05 | Widespread reports in the Catalan press state that the match has been called off, including from daily sport newspapers Diario Sport and Mundo Deportivo. FC Barcelona has not yet released an official statement.