After yet another rough day in Catalonia, we have to talk about FC Barcelona’s involvement in politics and why they should stay away.
Last Monday was a terrible and historic day for Catalonia, a day in which FC Barcelona got involved in politics once again.
The small country that is trying to become independent from Spain and the final decision about their incarcerated politicians that affected their people.
Tens of thousands of Catalan citizens took their protests to the streets and there were even clashes with the police.
The Spanish government ruled sentences for several of these politicians that pushed for voting on Catalan independence, an act that is being regarded as treason to the state.
We won’t go any further than this in order to give you more context about what’s going on, we will limit ourselves to shed some light on how this situation affects football.
We inevitably need to discuss what FC Barcelona’s role in all this subject has been over the last few years.
The Blaugranas always felt that supporting the independence sympathizers from Catalonia was a good idea.
However, none of the boards ever stopped for a minute to analyze how their decision to do this affects other fans around the world.
They need to remember that FC Barcelona is a club that is supported by people from several countries and nationalities.
There are many of those fans who don’t agree with a football club getting mixed with politics.
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"Prison is not the solution" pic.twitter.com/o0BWOaThgD
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) October 14, 2019
The biggest mistake that the club made happened last Monday after the verdict from the Spanish government was public.
FC Barcelona’s officials didn’t hesitate to publicly condemn this decision to incarcerate all these politicians who support people’s right to cast a vote for independence.
In a statement dropped on their official website, the club wrote the following statement.
“FC Barcelona, as one of the leading entities in Catalonia, and in accordance with its historical record, for the defence of freedom of expression and the right to decide, today, after the condemnatory ruling issued by the Supreme Court in relation to the open process against the Catalan civic and political leaders, states that:
“In the same way that the preventive prison sentence didn’t help to resolve the conflict, neither will the prison sentence given today, because prison is not the solution.
“The resolution of the conflict in Catalonia must come exclusively from political dialogue.
“Therefore, now more than ever, the club asks all political leaders to lead a process of dialogue and negotiation to resolve this conflict, which should also allow for the release of convicted civic and political leaders.
FC Barcelona also expresses all its support and solidarity to the families of those who are deprived of their freedom.”
#Guardiola's right: 1)#Catalonia must be solved by the sides "talking", 2) what #Spain's doing is "an affront to human rights".
But the #ManchesterCity boss would be more believable if he didn't work for the #UAE – with its horror record on human rights. https://t.co/Zqb0SMEh34
— Michael Andersen (@MAjourno) October 15, 2019
Guardiola and Xavi also take FC Barcelona’s side.
After the verdicts were public, Pep Guardiola and Xavi Hernandez also condemned the decision that the Spanish government made.
The Manchester City manager even released a video statement in which he speaks English for the rest of the world to understand.
Whereas Xavi only limited himself to dropping an Instagram story with the word ‘SHAME’ written above the names of the incarcerated politicians.
I decided to write this piece to let the Barcelona supporters know that it’s not right for any club to alienate the biggest part of their fan-base.
This club should stop mixing sports with politics and stay away from this controversy as much as possible.
However, we know that president Bartomeu won’t do that because he obviously supports Catalonia’s independence.
They need to remember that there is a major possibility of Lionel Messi leaving the club if they decide to take further actions apart from a public statement.
Also, the Argentine already expressed that he is not supportive of this situation and he won’t hesitate to leave the club if he has to.
The next few weeks before the actual vote will be very important for FC Barcelona, they could lose several supporters if they keep positioning themselves in a politics matter.
— Catalan Republic🎗 (@CatalanNation) October 14, 2019
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