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Report: For Guardiola the Catalonia situation is personal

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Manchester City manager and proud Catalonian Pep Guardiola has given his thoughts on the recent political turmoil in his homeland that has gripped Spain.

Pep Guardiola has never made a secret of the fact he is a proud Catalonian, born and raised in Santpedor.

The former Barcelona player and manager has called for peace in the area.

Guardiola has been vocal in his condemnation of the Spanish authorities in their treatment of Catalonian political leaders.

In an interview reported by Marca, he clarifies his stand on the situation.

He said:

“I don’t know exactly today what is going to happen in my country, Catalonia.

“How incredible the people [are] peacefully working from all over Catalonia and Barcelona.”

“To give support to the seven political prisoners and two social activists who have been jailed [for] more than 100 years altogether.”

“So I think that if people weren’t convinced it was not fair.”

“Millions and millions of people would not work in this big city in Catalonia to give support to these people, for the exiled people who cannot come back home.”

Pep is promoting a peaceful approach to a solution.

He added:

“The statement I wrote [was asking for] people from Catalonia to just sit and talk.”

“I think the international community must help us to solve the conflict from Catalonia-Spain.”

“The only [solution] is someone, a mediator outside to help us to sit and talk.”

“This situation has arrived. Sometimes it’s incredible to think about that.”

For Guardiola, it’s not just about Catalonia, but his personal connection to those facing jail.

He continued:

“[I have] personal friends that [will spend] nine years in jail for voting. What they asked is to try to vote.”

Guardiola wants outside help to find a solution.

He concluded:

“Hopefully Europe make a step forward and helps us. The result is conflict.”

“I think so, honestly,” he said when asked if the UK should get involved.”

“Normally, everyone looks at [their] own situations, people look [away] right [and] left.”

“We need Europe to solve this conflict.”

He will do all he can to help the situation, but he is a little confused as to why a football game was canceled.

He concluded:

“If [Catalonia] need me, they can count on me, to defend human rights.”

“It’s [El Classico postponement] happened because there must be something they’re worried [about].”

“Honestly, I don’t know the reason why [it has been postponed].”

Guardiola is notorious for wearing a  yellow ribbon on his lapel.

A symbol of the Catalonian cause.

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BARCELONA, SPAIN – OCTOBER 18: Catalonia protestors hold up a flag inside the stadium during the UEFA Champions League group D match between FC Barcelona and Olympiakos Piraeus at Camp Nou on October 18, 2017 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)