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BREAKING NEWS: Barcelona v Las Palmas to take place behind closed doors

438   //    01 Oct 2017, 19:32 IST
Camp Nou - cropped
Barcelona's Camp Nou

Barcelona's LaLiga match against Las Palmas will be staged behind closed doors after violence marred Sunday's Catalan independence referendum.

Clashes involving riot police and protestors have taken place as voters in the region went to the polls in a referendum which Spain's national government has declared to be unconstitutional and illegal.

The Barcelona board met as footage of law enforcement officers using batons and rubber bullets on the crowds emerged, while voters were forcibly removed from some polling stations.

Less than an hour and a half before the scheduled 16:15 CET kick-off, reports emerged that the game would not take place following advice from Catalonia's Mossos d'Esquadra police force.

But a club statement from Barcelona, released 25 minutes before the match was due to begin, said the Spanish Football League (LFP) had rejected a proposal for the fixture to be postponed.

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