Barcelona’s La Liga clash against Las Palmas has gone ahead, but is being played behind closed doors at the Nou Camp.
Football has taken a back seat in the city today, with the game being held on the same day as a controversial independence referendum in Catalunya, which the Madrid-based government deems illegal.
Tension has spread across the city, with police reportedly firing rubber bullets at crowds in a bid to halt voters.
Various sources suggested the match was going to be called-off by officials, before a club statement confirmed it would go ahead, but behind closed doors.
The statement, posted on Barca’s various social media channels, read: “FC Barcelona condemns the events which have taken place in many parts of Catalonia today in order to prevent its citizens exercising their democratic rights to freedom of expression.
“Given the exceptional nature of events, the Board of Directors have decided the FC Barcelona first team game will be played behind closed doors following the Professional Football League’s refusal to postpone the game.”
With emotions in the city running high, the decision is seen as the only viable option in a bid to keep supporters safe.
However, you’ve got to feel sorry for one family from Australia, who told journalist Andy Mitten that they’d booked the trip to the city three months ago in a bid to see the team play with Neymar in the side.
In the build up to the game, Las Palmas, who are located in the Canary Islands, added fuel to the fire by embroidering a Spanish flag on their shirts.
La Palmas are currently 17th in the La Liga table, having picked up six points from their opening six games.
In contrary, Barcelona are currently top of the table, with Ernesto Valverde’s side winning all six league games this season, scoring 20 times and conceding just twice.