Mr. Josep Maria Bartomeu, President of FC Barcelona has called on the Spanish government and that of his native Catalonia to meet for an amicable resolution to the recent tension that as arisen between the two groups in Spain.
The people of Catalonia voted massively on Sunday to demand their independence from the Spanish government which was met with a clash with Spanish Civil Guards. Many people got injured and it was followed with a strike in the autonomous state of Catalonia.
The statement from the Barcelona President demanded “Dialogue, respect and negotiation”.
The communiqué of President Josep Maria Bartomeu says:
“Catalunya lives these days one of the most momentous moments of its recent history.
FC Barcelona, as one of the referent entities of the country, calls for a process of dialogue and negotiation to find political solutions to the situation in Catalonia, from the utmost respect to the majority will of the Catalan citizens to decide their future .
We are more than a club. And, therefore, we must support our people in circumstances as difficult as those we are living. Consequently, we have joined the Independent Commission for Mediation, Dialogue and Conciliation, promoted by the Barcelona Bar Association.
Together with other entities of civil society, we want to help build bridges of dialogue that contribute to solving this conflict in a consensual and peaceful way
Together with other entities of civil society, we want to help build bridges of dialogue that contribute to solving this conflict in a consensual and peaceful way. Speaking the people understand. FC Barcelona also demands respect. As an institution committed to the values of dialogue and coexistence, it believes that any public demonstration must contribute to the construction of a necessary dialogue space, and always respecting the free expression of the citizens of Catalonia.
To overcome this crisis, it is indispensable the involvement of all, from our responsibility and from our social function. In our case, we will defend the demand for this dialogue, institutionally where necessary, and sporting, competing in our various disciplines. And, as always, aspiring to win all titles. It will be our way of explaining to the world the reality that lives in Catalonia, and of renewing our commitment to its society and its freedoms, a commitment to which Barça has been faithful in its 118 years of history.
Visca the Barca i visca Catalunya “