Despite threat of La Liga expulsion, Barcelona supports independence for Catalonia

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Together forever, FC Barcelona and the State of Catalonia are inseparable.

On Friday the Spanish giants released a statement on their website, in which they declared their full support for the State of Catalonia to become independent from Spain.

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Barca has signed the Catalan National Pact for Self-Determination despite the president of La Liga, Javier Tebas, stating earlier this week that an independent Catalonia may result in both Barcelona and Espanyol being kicked out La Liga, the Spanish top-flight which Barca have been champions of 22 times.

The Spanish government has so far refused the right for a referendum regarding the Catalan people and their independence but an unofficial vote will take place in the region on Nov. 9, which has enraged politicians across Spain.

Below is the full statement of support from Barca, as their club president Josep Maria Bartomeu has nailed the clubs colors to the mast.

FC Barcelona have signed the Catalan National Pact for Self -Determination. The Club formalized their adhesion in a formal letter from President Josep Maria Bartomeu to the Pact Co-ordinator Joan Rigol. The Pact brings together over 3,500 organisations and associations from a wide spectre range of social and political positions which endorse the Catalan people’s right to self-determination.

FC Barcelona has already signalled its position in favour of self-determination for Catalonia in a declaration made in the President’s Report at the 2013 Members Representatives Meeting – the maximum authority of the Club. In that statement, then President Sandro Rosell explained: “we will always be there for our country and for the will of its people. We defend the right to self-determination because that forms a part of the fundamental rights which all people and nations must have”.

President Josep Maria Bartomeu has frequently referred to this statement of principles when questioned about the Club’s position over recent months.