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Major Link Soccer: Barcelona play in empty Camp Nou amidst Catalan Independence Vote

Although a surreal sight, the implications for the club loom far larger than one empty stadium

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Barcelona v Las Palmas - La Liga Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images


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United States:

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The World:

Barcelona played to an empty Camp Nou during their match versus Las Palmas, due to the turmoil associated with the Catlan independence vote. Barcelona and Spanish soccer are going to feel the ripples of this referendum beyond one empty Camp Nou however, with Gerard Pique volunteering to end his international career if his support of Catalan independence “becomes a problem”. With history now up in the air, it is worth considering what options Barcelona FC might have outside of La Liga, with the Catalan President suggesting the Premier League, Ligue 1 or Serie A as viable alternatives.

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