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Barcelona fan group request removal of Figo plaque at Camp Nou

Florentino Pérez, Luis Figo y Alfredo di Stéfano.

The Barcelona fan group says it can't understand that the plaque is still maintained 18 years after Luis Figo's perceived treacherous move to Real Madrid.

A well-known Barcelona supporters’ group, called Un Crit Valent (A Brave Cry), has made an official request for the removal of a plaque bearing the name of Luis Figo from the Camp Nou stadium.

The former Portuguese international is not remembered in a good light by Barcelona fans, many of whom consider him a traitor after he moved to arch rivals Real Madrid in 2000. During Figo’s time at the Camp Nou, a plaque was erected at Gate 42 of the stadium by a Barcelona supporters' club from Spain’s Extremadura region that then bore his name – el Peña Figo de Cedillo (the Figo Supporters’ Club of Cedillo).

When the Portuguese left Barcelona to join Madrid in 2000, the Cedillo-based supporters club soon changed their name to Peña Blaugrana Casalinho, but the plaque bearing the previous club name (Figo de Cedillo) has remained in place above Gate 42, much to the bemusement of many fans still enraged by his perceived treacherous move to the Bernabéu.

Luis Figo played with Barcelona from 1995 to 2000 before making the move to Real Madrid, where he played until 2005.

Un Crit Valent's letter 

Now, Un Crit Valent – a group formed in 2001 by activist club members who were unhappy with the club’s board and the direction in which they were taking the club – has submitted a letter to FC Barcelona in which they ask for the plaque’s removal.

“We do not understand how it can be that … the plaque of this [supporters’] club is still being maintained,” said Un Crit Valent in their letter, before going on to say that the Cedillo supporters club “honoured a player that in the summer of 2000 went to Real Madrid, manipulating, lying to and hurting the club’s members.”

According to a message posted on Un Crit Valent’s Twitter page, the Confederación Mundial de Peñas del Barcelona (World Conferderation of Barcelona Supporters’ Clubs) has responded to the letter and will look into their petition.

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