Barcelona and Espanyol would not be able to compete in La Liga if Catalonia wins independence later this month, according to the president of the Spanish League Javier Tebas.
Regional elections in Catalonia are due to be held on September 27 and have been turned into an unofficial referendum with those parties that support a break away from Spain united in a bid to force the issue if, between them, they win a majority of seats in the Catalan Parliament.
The Spanish Constitution does not allow Catalonia to break away and any move to do so will be blocked by the rest of Spain but with months of political wrangling ahead Barcelona’s place in Spanish football is uncertain.
The Spanish League president Javier Tebas tweeted on Monday:
If Spain splits, so too does La Liga. Let’s hope we never reach that absurd situation.
Si se rompe España, se rompe LaLiga. Esperemos no llegar nunca a ese absurdo.
— Javier Tebas Medrano (@Tebasjavier) September 20, 2015
No more El Clasico? No more Barcelona as a major force? Surely Barca are just too big a club, with too many powerful admirers for that to happen, regardless of the referendum outcome. Watch this space!