After a morning marred by police brutality similar to which Barcelona and the rest of Catalonia hadn’t seen in a very-very long time, Barca officials tried to cancel the team’s game against Las Palmas, only for their request to be turned down by LaLiga.
Their… plan B enraged thousands of fans who were on their way to Camp Nou, if not already outside it: ‘behind closed doors’. That was their decision, one that Pep Guardiola had no problem saying he disagrees with.
The Barca-Las Palmas game? I would not have played it at all. But if you finally play that game, if you play, it’s done with the public, with all the consequences
the former Barcelona coach told Radio Catalunya.
Barcelona made the decision to play the game behind closed doors, despite the fact that the police assured them that they guaranteed the safety of the fans.
The club wanted to have a gesture to an exceptional situation that was taking place in Catalonia. It is a decision of the club at a delicate time for all and nothing more
Ernesto Valverde said after the game, which his team won 3-0, thanks to second half goals by Sergio Busquets and Lionel Messi (two).