Barcelona staff and players to join Catalonia in region-wide strike on Tuesday

Barcelona players and staff will join in the strike called across Catalonia on Tuesday after violent clashes between police and independence referendum voters on Sunday.

The region, that includes Barcelona football club, held a referendum on Sunday that Spanish authorities attempted to break up. The strike is being held in protest to the police methods used as authorities forced their way into polling stations and fired rubber bullets into crowds in an attempt to stop Catalonians voting.

A statement from Barcelona read: ‘FC Barcelona joins the country wide strike called for by Table for Democracy and therefore the club will be closed tomorrow.

‘None of the professional teams or the youth teams at FC Barcelona will train tomorrow.’

After a day of unrest, Barcelona played their La Liga game against Las Palmas on Sunday in an empty stadium after La Liga refused their request to have the match postponed.

Barcelona won the game comfortably, but explained after the result the decision to play in an empty Nou Camp was a protest against police intervention.

Supporters wait outside the the Camp Nou stadium ahead of the Spanish La Liga soccer match between Barcelona and Las Palmas in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017. Barcelona’s Spanish league game against Las Palmas will be played without fans amid the controversial referendum on Catalonia’s independence

People shout slogans during a protest as Catalan regional police officers stand guard outside National Police station, in Barcelona, Spain October 2, 2017.

People shout slogans against Spanish National Police during a gathering outside National Police station, in Barcelona, Spain October 2, 2017. REUTERS/Eloy Alonso

Soccer Football – La Liga Santander – FC Barcelona vs Las Palmas – Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain – October 1, 2017 Barcelona’s Luis Suarez and Gerard Pique before the match

The players did not want to play the game, but Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu believed the image of the Spanish giants playing in an empty stadium would be more powerful than to postpone the match.

Defender and long-time Catalonia independence supporter, Gerard Pique, was visibly emotional after the game.

Barcelona’s defender from Spain Gerard Pique warms up before the Spanish league football match FC Barcelona vs UD Las Palmas at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on October 1, 2017. /

The Barcelona legend even confirmed he would be ready to walk away from playing for Spain after offering his support for Catalonia independence.

‘I go to play with the (Spanish) national team because I believe in democracy and there are a lot of people in Spain who don’t agree with what has happened today,’ Pique told Spanish TV.

‘The person who goes with the national team, isn’t the most patriotic, you have to go and perform to your maximum. It’s not a competition of patriotism, it’s about going and giving all you can to win – that’s how I understand it.

‘If anyone in the federation believes I should not be there, I will step aside.’

FC Barcelona’s president Josep Maria Bartomeu leaves after giving a press conference at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on October 2, 2017. Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu confirmed today two of the club’s board members resigned in the wake of his decision to play a match behind closed doors after a violent crackdown by police of an independence referendum for Catalonia yesterday.

Barcelona staff and players to join Catalonia in region-wide strike on Tuesday
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