Catalonia Independence: What Next for Barca, Madrid & La Liga?
On Friday, Catalonia Independence was declared after the Catalan Parliament voted in favour of independence. Sportstotality takes a look on the immediate effect of this on the match between Girona and Real Madrid, and the effect on La Liga in the long run.
Catalonia Independence: Barcelona vs Las Palmas played behind closed doors
The match between Barcelona and Las Palmas on October 1st was held behind closed doors amid local unrest during the Catalonia independence referendum.
There were calls for the match to be postponed, but it still went on, in an empty Camp Nou. Barcelona won 3-0 in a match overshadowed by politics.
Catalonia Independence: Could Girona vs Madrid be Postponed
There are concerns about whether the match between Girona and Real Madrid should hold as officials fear possible clashes in Catalonia.
Neither team has indicated interest in having the match postponed, with Girona President, Delfi Geli coming out to say “Everything is being prepared for the game to be played. It would be played normally and it would be a party for all the fans,” Geli told Radio Marca after the independence announcement.
Girona Mayor, Marta Madrenas also gave encouraging comments, saying: “There’s no reasons for being afraid of anything happening during the game. We are civilised people.”
Catalonia Independence: What Next for Barcelona & La Liga
Current rules prevents non-Spanish teams from competing in La Liga. This means that teams like Barcelona, Espanyol and the likes might not be permitted to feature in the League from next season unless the rules are tweaked.
If nothing is done, Barcelona will have to find an alternative. There have been talks of Barcelona playing in Ligue 1 or even the EPL, if a Catalan League is not put in place.
Barcelona coach had this to say on the current trends: “Everyone has their responsibility and mine is to try to get my team to win. Momentarily, (being removed from La Liga) is not happening yet. We are talking about an assumption.
“I follow what happens here, I have my own personal opinion. But I focus on sports.
“A league without Barca? The only thing I know is that tomorrow we have a league game, we will try to win.”
Catalonia Independence: Effect on the Spanish National Team
The Spanish National team currently fields a number of Catalonia players. Gerard Pique, Jordi Alba, Sergio Busquets and a host of others are Catalans and their absence could reduce the strength of the National team.
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