Referendums, the latest unfortunate trend. On the 1st of October, a referendum vote is in place in Spain to see if Catalonia can stay a part of Spain. Now, this brings in problems for football teams like Barcelona, Espanyol and Girona who will have to play in a Catalan football league as Spanish laws do not allow teams outside Spain to play in the La Liga. A new legislation would have to be passed in Spain to allow teams from Catalan to play in the La Liga. Real Madrid Manager, and Legendary football player Zidane had the following to say:
“I can’t imagine a Spanish league without Barcelona,” Zidane said. “That’s all I have to say. As a football fan, I can’t see it. I always think of Barcelona as part of this league and that’s that. I won’t go into it any further because I don’t know what’s going to happen. There are people who want one thing, and others who want another. It’s a complex debate. What I can’t imagine, and I don’t like the idea of, is La Liga without Barcelona.”
While Javier Tebas said, “This is a problem that the Catalan clubs will have to deal with,” Tebas said. “The league, for good or bad, will get through this.”
After the loss of Neymar this year, Barcelona face the prospect of seeing players like Messi leave the Nou Camp as he would like to play in the top football leagues of the world. He is out of contract at the end of this season and he will 100% not sign one till after the vote.
Watch this space for more on the vote.