Closed-door match cost Barcelona nearly $4 million
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.
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).’