Camp Nou could be closed if chants continueNovember 20, 2017
Barcelona’s Camp Nou could be closed to the public if chants referencing Catalan Independence are heard, confirmed La Liga president Javier Tebas.
Last month’s incidents in the Catalonia region involving pro-independence voters and Spanish police saw the league fixture with Las Palmas be played behind closed doors, leaving thousands of fans left outside the club’s stadium.
Since, incidents have somewhat died down, whilst independence claims are still being heard in the region.
Barca, who have always maintained their backing of a break-away from Spain – have seen a number of fans chant and make their feelings heard during league games.
And, Tebas has now confirmed that should those chants be heard again, then the club will be forced to play more games behind closed doors.
“Offensive chants such as ‘Puta Espana’, ‘Puta Catalunya’, ‘Puta Andalucia’ and similar words have been reported regarding this,” Tebas told reporters.
“Could the Camp Nou be closed as a punishment? Yes, absolutely. The procedure would be the Competition Committee decides on a cause for punishment and if the Administrative Court concur with that then punishments could be handed out.
“Of course, stadium closure is not the only possibility but it is one of the most severe ones.”
Tebas also confirmed that pro independence chants which do not incite violence or problems, will not be punishable.
With Barca beating Leganes thanks to goals from Luis Suarez (2) and Brazilian Paulinho, Valverde’s side moved clear at the top of the table and ten points ahead of bitter rivals Real Madrid, who sit in third place.
Barcelona closest rivals Valencia kept up the pace, beating Espanyol 2-0 on Sunday afternoon and the two will now meet on Sunday evening.