Barcelona v Las Palmas is on, behind closed doors

Barcelona v Las Palmas

UPDATE: After a crazy day in Spain, and an enormous amount of confusion, FC Barcelona confirmed the game with Las Palmas will be played but behind closed doors.

We apologise for any confusion. We’ve been following the sources extremely closely, and reports were initially universal that the game was off.

Barcelona scheduled La Liga match against Las Palmas on Sunday is off.

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That’s after the Catalan Football Federation postponed its clubs’ games due to Catalan Referendum.

There were horrific scenes in Barcelona on Sunday as members of the public clashed with riot police.

Men and women were left bloodied as they tried to vote on whether Catalonia should remain part of Spain.

The game always seemed to be in doubt after the standard directors lunch before the match was cancelled.

Gerard Pique votes

Earlier in the day Barcelona centre-half Gerard Pique updated his social media account.

Pique posted a photo from a voting station. He wrote:

I have already voted. Together we are unstoppable defending democracy.

Ja he votat. Junts som imparables defensant la democràcia.

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Las Palmas changed their shirts

On Sunday, Las Palmas announced they would wear special shirts against Barca featuring the Spanish flag.

Las Palmas say they believe in “Spanish Unity”.

Will Barcelona be punished?

There are reports doing the rounds that Barcelona could face significant punishments for postponing the game.

Did Barca unilaterally make sure the game didn’t go ahead?

Some claimed that Barcelona could face six points penalty deduction.

The Catalans could also face a massive fine.

Barcelona & Real Madrid

Barcelona began round seven of the La Liga season in first place.

As for Real Madrid, they are seven points behind Barca. Espanyol visit the Santiago Bernabeu today.