FC Barcelona has gone on strike in protest against “the serious events which took place during the day of the Catalan referendum on independence”.
The entire club will remain closed while all players, except those away on international duty, will neither train nor play. The official Barcelona museum will also be closed.
The strike is part of a country-wide movement organised by the ‘Taula per la Democràcia’ (Table for Democracy), which says it wants to unite people “left indignant” by the disturbing scenes that took place in Catalonia on Sunday.
Official reports say that around 750 people were injured by security forces after turning out to vote in the Catalan independence referendum, which was deemed illegal by the Spanish government.
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”. Read more