China Daily: Camp Nou mosaic raised Independence issue ahead of ‘El Clàssic’

The plans have been revealed for the giant mosaic with which FC Barcelona aim to cover the inside of the Camp Nou Stadium ahead of next Sunday’s ‘Classico’ against Real Madrid.

The plans are certain to raise some eyebrows in Spain given that the club’s 98,000 fans in the stadium will hold up pieces of paper to form a giant Catalan flag, known as the ‘Senyera’ with the word ‘Barca’ facing the tunnel as the players make their way onto the pitch.

What makes the plan so striking is that design has been chosen as the debate over the possibility of Catalonia gaining independence from Spain gains in intensity with the ruling Convegencia y Unio party in Catalonia seriously considering the possibility of a referendum on the subject should they win the election they have called in the region in mid-November.

Barcelona has long been viewed by many of its fans as an unofficial Catalan national team (despite having foreign players) and Barca was considered a symbol of Catalan nationalism and freedom during the dictatorship of General Franco from 1939-1975.

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