Barcelona Footballers Join Protestors

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Barcelona football club staff announced a work stoppage yesterday, a day after a crackdown by Spanish police trying to block referendum voting in Catalonia turned violent.

After calls for Barcelona’s La Liga game against Las Palmas on Sunday to be postponed because of the political climate, it went ahead but was played behind closed doors at the Camp Nou.

The club are off for the international break this week, but said via statement on Monday that none of the teams would train as part of the ‘standstill’.

“FC Barcelona joins the country wide strike called for by Table for Democracy and therefore the Club will be closed tomorrow,” the club said. “None of the professional teams or the youth teams at FC Barcelona will train tomorrow,” they added.

Fellow Catalan club Girona have suspended practice today (Tuesday 3rd), while Espanyol have announced “players will undergo physical activities behind closed doors.”