Worst experience of my career - Pique saddened by Barca's closed-door victory

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"We all gave our opinions [in the dressing room], there were pros and cons for playing, but in the end, we made a decision to play".

"I think that all members, fans and supporters will express what they think is right".

Among a number of measures being taken to impede the referendum, 14 regional government officials were detained last week.

"We have had seven years of demonstrations without violence and what happened today has been seen around the world".

During the Franco years, fans cheered on their region, when they were ordered not to.

"Going with the national team is not a competition in patriotism, it's about trying to play the best you possibly can".

Lionel Messi scored two second-half goals as Barcelona defeated Las Palmas 3-0 for its seventh straight Spanish league victory in a game played behind closed doors amid the disputed referendum over Catalonia's independence on Sunday.

The Spanish league said there was no reason to postpone the game because of safety reasons.

Attempts to shut down the polls by Spain's Guardia Civil led to clashes described by Catalonia president Carles Puigdemont as "unwarranted, irrational and irresponsible".

Given the chaotic events occurring elsewhere in the city, Barcelona felt it was wrong to be playing a football match.

"We are doing this to show the world that we are hurt by what is happening", the club said in its statement.

"Barca tried to get the game postponed". We have not been able to find a way to postpone it.

FC Barcelona was scheduled to play a league match against Las Palmas today.

Legendary Barca midfielder Xavi Hernandez, who now plays for Qatari side Al Sadd, also posted a video on social media describing the events as "shameful".

"La Liga's refusal to cancel the game and play it another day... would mean the loss of six points for the team", added Bartomeu.

Barcelona emerged to an empty stadium in yellow and red shirts, the colours of Catalonia, before changing to their standard blue and red home kit for kick-off. The same supporters group that said it would stage a sit-in on the pitch released a statement saying, "In the face of the outrageous repression that the Catalan people are suffering, we ask FC Barcelona to suspend the game".

"It has been the opposite as they have injured people with rubber bullets, which are illegal in Catalonia". The board was reluctant and the club's director for institutional relations resigned after it emerged La Liga and Las Palmas had railroaded the hosts into fulfilling the fixture.



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