Barcelona president confirms that the Nou Camp giants will discuss leaving La Liga

BARCELONA president Josep Maria Bartomeu has confirmed the La Liga leaders are considering playing outside of Spain should Catalonia gain independence which could see them trying to join the Premier League.

Over 90 per cent of people have voted for a referendum as the region is on course to become independent.

 Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has confiremed the club will consider leaving La Liga if Catalonia gains its independence

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Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has confiremed the club will consider leaving La Liga if Catalonia gains its independence
 Barca stars could be plying their trade in the Premier League or one of the other big European top-flights

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Barca stars could be plying their trade in the Premier League or one of the other big European top-flights

Barcelona fans chant outside Camp Nou during La Liga clash against Las Palmas on Catalonian Referendum day

However, violent clashes led to Barca’s league match against Las Palmas on Sunday to be played behind closed doors after violent clashes followed the vote.

And now he has revealed the Barcelona board will be discussing where the club play their football in the future, potentially leading to the club moving to one of Europe’s other leading leagues.

Speaking in a press release to explain the decision to play in front of an empty stadium on Sunday, he said: “Here at FC Barcelona we decided that we had to take some kind of measure to show our indignation to the world.

“There were many matters at stake and we discussed these with the different departments of the club: directors, executive, coaches and players.

“I must say that this was one of the most difficult decisions that I have ever had to make as Barça president.

Cops lash out and open fire as they clear Barcelona road of protesters

 Barcelona stood for their team photo at the Nou Camp wearing warm-up t-shirts in the colours of the Catalan flag

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Barcelona stood for their team photo at the Nou Camp wearing warm-up t-shirts in the colours of the Catalan flag
 The scoreboard had the word 'Democracy' written instead of the team names and the score

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The scoreboard had the word ‘Democracy’ written instead of the team names and the score
“We very seriously considered the option of postponing the game, but we could not get the Professional Football League to approve our request.”
He also confirmed the resignations of vice-president Carles Vilarrubi and numerous other staff members had been accepted.

He added: “What we witnessed in our country yesterday was inadmissible.

 Barcelona will go on strike tomorrow in protest at the Catalan independence referendum that has been deemed 'illegal' by the Spanish government

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Barcelona will go on strike tomorrow in protest at the Catalan independence referendum that has been deemed ‘illegal’ by the Spanish government
 Barcelona ended up playing their La Liga game against Las Palmas in an empty Nou Camp

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Barcelona ended up playing their La Liga game against Las Palmas in an empty Nou Camp
 Fans were left confused as they were left outside the Nou Camp

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Fans were left confused as they were left outside the Nou Camp

“We demand respect for the people of Catalonia and we shall once again stand alongside its legitimate representatives.

“We Catalans have won the right to be heard.”

The Sun

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