Barcelona squad wear special kit in tribute to terror attack victims

Aug 21, 2017, 20:31
Barcelona squad wear special kit in tribute to terror attack victims

The victory puts Barcelona joint top of La Liga, with only holding champions Real Madrid sat above the Catalonians due to a better goal difference following their 3-0 opening day win.

The Spanish giants were playing for the first time since the terror attack in the city on Thursday and both teams paid their respects to the victims with a minute's silence before kick off. "The club wishes to send our support and thoughts to the victims, their families and friends as well as the people of Barcelona and its visitors".

Aside from the shirts, Barcelona is planning a minute's silence before the match on Sunday.

There will be extra officers on duty around the Catalan Club Camp Nou ground ahead of the 6.15pm kick-off [Irish time] and fans can expect additional security checks.

Just over 50 miles northeast of Barcelona, concrete road blocks were mounted outside Girona's Estadi Montilivi as their first ever La Liga match against Atletico Madrid passed off safely in front of a near capacity 13,500 crowd.

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"What happened was bad, we hope something like this never happens again".

"We are calm. Moreover, we support the reaction of the people in Plaza Catalunya, that we are not afraid".

Were it not for the heroics of Javier Mascherano, it would have been 1-1 at half time as the former Liverpool man prevented a certain goal with an utterly heroic tackle which, incredibly, we've seen from the man on a number of occasions.

"We couldn't let that down".

"Fans are already used to these measures and they accept them", a Catalans police spokesman said.

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"Their money was refunded to everyone, the circumstances are special and understandable", said a club spokesman.

Deulofeu was the provider once more when Barca doubled their advantage three minutes later as Sergi Roberto slotted home from close range.

A minute silence is to be held before the match tonight and the player's shirts will have Barcelona printed on the back instead of their names.

Barca's offense seemed to miss Neymar during last week's 5-1 aggregate loss to Real Madrid in the Super Cup.

"In addition, all the FC Barcelona players in the teams across the various sports and age divisions will wear a black armband in all the games taking place over the weekend".

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