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Barcelona's La Liga Game Against Las Palmas Has Been Called Off

Barcelona's La Liga Game Against Las Palmas Has Been Called Off

The league leaders won't be in action this weekend...

Josh Lawless

Josh Lawless

UPDATE: The game has since gone ahead but is being played behind closed doors.

The game was scheduled to kick-off at 3:15 UK time and the players arrived at the game as normal.

Image: PA

However, following protests and violence in Catalonia following today's Catalan Independence vote that the Spanish government are strongly against, the fixture has now been suspended.

The people of Catalonia are currently voting in a referendum to make their region it's own country, something that is being deemed illegal by authorities in Spain.

There have been reports of police clashing with civilians at polling stations and Barcelona officials have been asking for the game to be postponed, which has been their preference even before today.

Should the game at the Nou Camp have gone ahead, visitors Las Palmas would have had the Spanish flag on their shirts as a political statement.

A club statement read:

"Las Palmas could limited itself to being a mute witness to this historic crossroads or take action. We've opted for the latter.

"We've decided to add to our shirt a small Spanish flag and the today's date, to make clear our hopes for the future of this country."

Prior to the announcement, Catalan radio station ESport3 reported that Barcelona have been threatened with a six-month ban from La Liga if they do not fulfil the fixture. Moreover, RAC1 say the Blaugrana are set to be hit with a six-point deduction.

More to follow.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: FC Barcelona, Las Palmas, La Liga