Thursday, October 19, 2017

Barcelona to join strike over Catalonia's independence vote

Barcelona to join strike over Catalonia’s independence vote

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Barcelona is joining a strike to protest against the Spanish government’s actions in Catalonia’s independence vote. None of its professional teams will practice on Tuesday.

Barcelona said on Monday its youth teams also won’t train, and the club headquarters will be closed.

Girona also suspended practice on Tuesday, and Espanyol, the other Catalan club in the Spanish league, will have its players undergo physical activities behind closed doors at its training camp.

Barcelona tried to postpone its home match on Sunday during the referendum but the Spanish league denied its request, so it closed Camp Nou to spectators to send a protest message and avoid losing points. It beat Las Palmas 3-0.

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