Barcelona game with Las Palmas this end of the week is reportedly at risk of being put off as it falls on an indistinguishable day as the Catalan independence referendum.
The La Liga giants who have won all their eight matches so far in all competition with an expectation of stretching out their perfect start to the Liga season when they go up against Las Palmas on Sunday in a fixture encompassed by political turmoil, as it happens on an indistinguishable day from a planned referendum in Catalonia on a break from Spain
There was worry that the match would need to be postponed because of lack of police resources because of the vote, which the Spanish government says is unlawful, despite the fact that it was given the green light at a meeting of Catalonia’s security council on Thursday.
The Nou Camp has seen a display of pro-secession intensity as of late, including serenades of “Independence” which happen following 17 minutes and 14 seconds in a match to mark the 1714 attack of Barcelona.
Gerard Pique showed his support for the referendum on Thursday — although he has never expressed his outright support for independence — but urged citizens to behave in a peaceful manner.
“From today until Sunday we will express ourselves peacefully. We cannot give them any excuse, that is what they want. We will sing loud and clear. #WeWillVote,” Pique wrote on his Twitter account.
Barca has positioned themselves in favor of the right to decide and released a statement last week condemning crackdowns on referendum activity which led to the arrest of 16 local government officials.
“It will be an important day in the history of our country but we have to focus on football,” said Barca vice-president Jordi Cardoner.
“I think that all members, fans, and supporters will express what they think is right.”
Barca leads the Liga standings by four points over Atletico Madrid after winning six games from six and maintained their 100 percent start in Europe by scraping a 1-0 win at Sporting Lisbon on Wednesday.
They face a Las Palmas side who are 15th with six points from six games and reeling from the resignation of coach Manolo Marquez.
Also on Sunday, Real Madrid will search for their first home win of the season in the league when they host Espanyol, who have proved generous opponents in recent years, with Real winning the last 10 games between the two sides in all competitions.
Real have dropped points in their three home league games but will be buoyed by their impressive 3-1 win at Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday in the Champions League.
On Saturday, Atletico makes the short trip to Madrid neighbors Leganes looking to bounce back from their last-gasp 2-1 defeat at home to Chelsea.