According to the former Barcelona president, Joan Laporta, the Catalan club should have done more to make sure El Clasico against Real Madrid should be played.
The reason? The Catalan protests in the city.
But according to former Blaugrana president Joan Laporta, his ex-club could have done more to be sure the game could have been played.
“Yes, [I would’ve played] the game on Saturday because if Real Madrid wanted to play then I don’t see the problem,” he said according to Goal.
“The powers that be wanted to magnify what was happening for political reasons.”
He added: “[Barcelona] was mistaken because they criminalized a movement and put politics ahead of a football match that always has political connotations. It’s always been like this.”
“They’ve played a game with the powers that rule football to make people from Barcelona and everyone look bad. La Liga made a strong move for it not to be played.”
Laporta continued: “La Liga had political interests to magnify a certain situation and exaggerate what happened. It’s the worst way of getting past what is happening. Barcelona is guilty in this situation.”
“We want to play the Clasico with our fans on the 26th,” he said. “I see this as an opportunity for many people from here, for our fans, to show that it can be played perfectly in a natural way.”
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