Messi inspires Barca victory at empty Nou Camp, Real win at home

Messi inspires Barca victory at empty Nou Camp, Real win at home

Messi inspires Barca victory at empty Nou Camp, Real win at home

Prior to the arrival of the official decision to play the game behind closed doors, Barca supporter group Grada de Animacion claimed that they would interrupt the match if it went ahead although they have not taken responsibility for the above pitch invader.

Barcelona FC played its Spanish league game against Las Palmas in a completely empty stadium amid horrific violence in Catalonia. Messi added his goals seven minutes apart toward the end of the game at the empty Camp Nou, Europe's largest stadium with a capacity of almost 100,000.

"FC Barcelona condemns the events which have taken place in many democratic parts of Catalonia today in order to prevent its citizens exercising their democratic right to free expression".

Police have baton-charged and fired rubber bullets to disperse crowds in Barcelona and other towns and cities.

Photo Sergi Roberto of Barcelona slid for a ball during a game against Las Palmas.

"Barcelona didn't consider us at all", Vinayo told Radio MARCA after confirming his club had no say in the matter, as cited by MARCA.

Las Palmas said the match had become more than a sporting event, especially because of the recent statements by Barcelona expressing its support for the referendum.

He accused the ruling conservative Popular Party of "using all means at its disposal to lie, because over these years they've said that it was a small minority and that we demonstrated in a rowdy manner".

The emptiness of Camp Nou.

The vote had been declared illegal by the country's ruling Partido Popular, and there were violent scenes as police were deployed to stop people voting. "Today's events marked the game".

Messi's first goal deserved a bigger audience, with the Argentine dribbling his way past the goalkeeper before finding the open net in the 70th minute. The club explained their decision in a statement saying: "Las Palmas had a choice between limiting itself to silence at this historic crossroads or by taking a side".

Las Palmas, an offshore club from the Canary Islands, added their own charge to the affair by wearing Spanish flags on their shirts.

"It saddens us and we are all affected by it", club president Josep Maria Bartomeu said.

Barca have long supported Catalonia's right for a vote on independence, without throwing their weight behind the yes or no camp.

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