The controversial decision to continue on with the match between Barcelona and Las Palmas remains a trending topic with Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu’s call to have it behind closed doors something that has not sat well with many.
Speaking to the press on Monday, Bartomeu explained his decision to not suspend the La Liga game but his answers did not satisfy anyone as he contradicted the club’s point of view and in fact his initial idea to simply cancel the game.
At the start he did not think about the possibility of playing behind closed doors to “throw a powerful message to the world” and that idea only came to mind when the LFP’s officials and the police decided not to take responsibility for suspending the match.
It was then when Bartomeu decided to have the game played in an empty Camp Nou, as cancelling it meant the club would lose six points. This last-minute call resulted in him being criticised by other board members.
Fans were also angry with the players with only Pique and Sergi Roberto coming out with credit in their view as they wanted to suspend the match, not play under any circumstances, but in the end accepted the view of the majority.
On social media, where many supporters have been attacking the board for some time, they turned their attention also to the players who they felt lacked sensitivity by wanting to play, even though it meant losing six points.
There is also a feeling among some Cules that other players apart from Pique could have been more active in condemning what took place in Catalonia on the day of the referendum.
It remains to be seen what the reaction will now be at the next home game and it is to the club’s advantage that their next game will be far away from Catalonia and in Greece, where they face Olympiacos in the Champions League on October 18th.