Catalans are voting on October 1, choosing between staying in Spain or breaking away, turning Catalonia into a separate country. The constitutional court of Spain and of course the Spanish government don’t recognize this referendum as legitimate (let alone binding), but local authorities in Catalonia are going on with it, either way.
“What will happen with Barcelona if Catalonia is no longer part of Spain, one day?” That’s a question that has been asked several times in the past. Javier Tebas, La Liga’s president, seems to have no doubt that this would mean disaster for the Catalan club.
I’m concerned about Barcelona’s future if the independence happens. I was surprised by comments that said Barcelona would be allowed to choose where to play. It must be clearly said that that’s not the case. It won’t be so easy to reach a deal. Spanish legislation must be looked at
the La Liga chief said, a really unpopular figure in Catalonia, having provoked Barca as a club and their fans as well in the past on several occasions, with remarks he has made on a series of issues.
Zinedine Zidane was asked about the same subject in the Press conference before Real Madrid’s game against Levante, and he gave an answer that must be echoing the feelings and hopes of the average football fan in Spain.
I can’t imagine a Spanish league without Barcelona. As a football fan, I can’t see it. I always think of Barcelona as part of this league and that’s that. I won’t go into it any further because I don’t know what’s going to happen. There are people who want one thing, and others who want another. It’s a complex debate. What I can’t imagine, and I don’t like the idea of, is La Liga without Barcelona
the French coach said.