Manel Vich's seat empty during the derby / GERMÁN PARGA-FCB

Camp Nou fondly remembered the figure of Manel Vich, the man who was the voice of the Camp Nou for almost 60 years, ahead of the derby against Espanyol. Before kick off his famous welcoming phrase Bona tarda a tothom i benvinguts a l’Estadi (Good afternoon and welcome to the stadium) sounded via the PA but the line up was announced in silence in his memory, the player appearing on the video scoreboard.

After the anthem was sung and the mosaic was produced, there was a minute’s silence that ended with an ovation from the Camp Nou crowd, an indication of the esteem in which Vich was held.

Furthermore, during the entire 90 minutes of Barça v Espanyol the seat from which he made the stadium announcements was left empty as a sign of respect.

El Camp Nou ret homenatge a Manel Vich por fcbarcelona

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