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Jordi Mestre getting off the plane in Minsk / MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB

The vice-president Jordi Mestre, after having arrived in Minsk on Tuesday, gave his opinión on UEFA’s decisión to fine FC Barcelona for the presence of Catalan Independence flags at Camp Nou during the game against Bayer Leverkusen. “We are surprised. We will appeal against the decision, and if necessary, we will take legal advice. We will battle until the end and we do not understand why UEFA would treat us like this for something that does not incite violence,” said Mestre.

We have always had a very respectful and well behaved set of fans

The vice president responsible for the sporting area made it clear that this Monday’s decision was not a popular one at the Club. He continued: “There is not a war with UEFA but we are defending the interests of our Club. We have always had a very respectful and well behaved set of fans. We would never tell our members and fans not to express their opinion.”

With regards to the first fine for the presence of Catalan Independence flags at the Champions League final on the 6 June, Mestre said, “we had a series of conversations with UEFA executives that came to nothing. If necessary we will take legal advice,” he insisted.

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