The Catalan government’s declaration of independence has resulted in an endless number of reactions in all fields, particularly in sport, but Barcelona have declined to comment on the issue.
On Friday, Spanish parliament approved direct rule over the region, which voted 70-10 in favour of declaring independence.
However, Barcelona have no intention of making an official statement on the matter and are being prudent in their conduct given how delicate the situation is and the legality of it.
Any comments given about it will be an individual’s personal viewpoint and not those of the club, as was the case when Ernesto Valverde discussed the situation briefly in his pre-match press conference.
It is not known as yet which member of the Barcelona hierarchy will conduct television interviews in Bilbao prior to Saturday’s game, although Guillermo Amor could do the honours again as he did for the Blaugrana’s recent clash against Atletico Madrid.