FC Barcelona heeded the call by the Taula per la Democràcia (Democracy Board) and came to a standstill this Monday morning from 12.00pm to 12.15pm CET to vehemently condemn the use of violence to prevent the exercise of free democratic rights and the freedom of expression of its people during the referendum that took place throughout Catalonia this Sunday.
By their own free will, the club’s employees all stopped what they were doing and left their workplaces for a quarter of an hour. The same thing happened right across the FC Barcelona premises: in the club offices at the Camp Nou, at La Masia, and also in the Miniestadi and Ciutat Esportiva.
Today’s standstill was observed, among others, by the club’s CEO, Òscar Grau, the director of professional sports, Albert Soler, and the club spokesperson, Josep Vives.
FC Barcelona also issued a statement on Sunday condemning the actions that were repeated in so many different parts of Catalonia to prevent people from exercising their democratic rights and freely expressing their opinions. Given the exceptional nature of the circumstances, the board of directors decided to play the game against Las Palmas behind closed doors following the Professional Football League’s refusal to allow the fixture to be postponed.