Catalonia is balloting on a arguable independence referendum nowadays.
The Spanish govt does now not recognise the vote and there were clashes with police in the streets.
Barcelona sought after to cancel nowadays’s three.15pm kick off however have been blocked from doing so my La Liga.
They have been threatened with a six-point penalty and Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu has defined why the decision used to be made to play the sport.
“We deeply be apologetic about this loss of freedom of expression that is going on nowadays in Catalonia,” Bartomeu stated.
“We are anxious and really sorry. We made up our minds, as a substitute of cancelling the sport, which used to be what all of us sought after, to play it however in the back of closed doorways in order that everybody can see that nowadays we play a soccer recreation however that has not anything to do with normality.
“We have attempted to cancel the fit all day with all of the establishments, particularly with the League, however there used to be no means.
“Before the refusal of the League to degree the sport on every other day, and the sanction of six issues for the workforce, we talked to everybody, executives, administrators, training body of workers and avid gamers and now we have made up our minds to play the sport however to do it in the back of closed doorways in order that the disconformity ahead of the sector is noticed.”
Fans have been left ready till round 30 mins ahead of kick off ahead of they have been grew to become away on the turnstiles.
“This is not done for safety reasons,” Bartomeu stated.
“The security was guaranteed by the police. The game is played behind closed doors for an exceptional reason, but not security.”