BARCELONA - LAS PALMAS
Barcelona-Las Palmas was in doubt up to last minute
The club called an urgent meeting with local authorities to see if today's LaLiga Santander game would go ahead after tension following the Catalan referéndum vote.
In the run up to this afternoon's LaLiga game, FC Barcelona requested an emergency meeting with local city authorities to establish if the match against Las Palmas at Camp Nou would go ahead or not.
Tension in the Catalan capital
The home match against UD Las Palmas was scheduled for a 16:15 kick-off local time but following scenes of extreme tension in the Catalan capital following the Catalan independence referendum vote, there was doubt about whether the game would take place.
Both the police and the football authorities confirmed the game could take place. Barcelona then released a statement saying the game would go ahead, but in light of the events taking place across Catalonia, it would be behind closed doors.
FC Barcelona condemns the events which have taken place in many parts of Catalonia today in order to prevent 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.