Barcelona Soccer Club Joins Push for Catalan Independence Vote

Four-time European soccer champion Barcelona, which regularly draws 99,000 fans to its Camp Nou stadium, joined the campaign demanding Spain allows Catalans a vote on independence.

The club, which has been Spanish champion 22 times, signed up to the National Agreement on the Right to Decide, a organization lobbying the central government to allow the vote regional officials have planned for Nov. 9, Joan Pique, press secretary to Regional President Artur Mas, said on Twitter.

Club President Josep Maria Bartomeu wrote to the association on Oct. 6 to communicate the decision, the newspaper El Periodico de Catalunya said on its website today.

“We will defend the right to decide,” club spokesman Manel Arroyo said at a press conference Oct. 6, according to El Periodico. “As a club, we are both Catalan and Catalanista.”

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