BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Barcelona’s Spanish league game against Las Palmas went ahead Sunday without fans at the Camp Nou Stadium amid the controversial referendum on Catalonia’s independence on Sunday.
Barcelona made the closed-doors announcement with less than a half hour to kickoff, with thousands of soccer fans already waiting outside the stadium.
The score was 0-0 after 30 minutes.
Barcelona wanted the game to be postponed, but it said that the Spanish league refused to accept its request.
“We tried to suspend the game all day long but it wasn’t possible,” Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu said. “We could lose points if we didn’t play, so we decided to play behind closed doors as a way to show the entire world that we were not pleased with what happened.”
Bartomeu said police had guaranteed the safety of fans and everyone else involved in the match.
More than 300 people were injured Sunday…