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Closed-door match cost Barcelona nearly $4 million


FC Barcelona’s president Josep Maria Bartomeu arrives to give a press conference at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on October 2, 2017. Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu confirmed today two of the club’s board members resigned in the wake of his decision to play a match behind closed doors after a violent crackdown by police of an independence referendum for Catalonia yesterday. / AFP PHOTO / Josep LAGO (Photo credit should read JOSEP LAGO/AFP/Getty Images)

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The state of Catalonia’s immediate future in Spain is still uncertain, but the ramifications of Barcelona’s match last weekend also had a negative effect.

The Spanish giants opted to play its match last Sunday against Las Palmas without any fans in attendance as Catalonia continues its push towards independence from its native Spain.

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Barcelona has openly supported the decision by citizens of the area to vote in favor of secession, but the club did lose a bit of money by playing its match behind closed doors.

The Blaugrana reportedly lost around $4 million from a combined absence in ticket sales and other game-day revenue figures.

Hundreds of civilians were injured during protests on Sunday prior to the match and throughout the day as the country’s uncertain political climate carries on.

“We tried to suspend the game all day long but it wasn’t possible,” Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu said. ‘We could lose points if we didn’t play, so we decided to play behind closed doors as a way to show the entire world that we were not pleased with what happened (in Catalonia).’