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Barcelona's president said something huge in the dressing room before the Las Palmas game

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On the weekend, the city of Barcelona was plunged into a bit of chaos due to the ugly scenes on the streets about the Catalonian referendum.

Spanish riot police were out on the streets to prevent people exercising their democratic right to vote, with violence popping up all over the city.

The situation in the country is very worrying, leading to a lot of fears that Barcelona's game vs Las Palmas at the Nou Camp would be called off to prevent any chance of more violence breaking out.

In the end, it was decided by La Liga officials that the game would go ahead behind closed doors, despite the Blaugrana actively asking for the fixture to be postponed.

Ernesto Valverde's side would coast to an easy 3-0 win over their Canarian opposition, with Sergio Busquets scoring an unlikely goal and Lionel Messi notching an expected brace, taking his La Liga tally into double figures.

Las Palmas didn't exactly do their best to help keep the situation calm as they appeared with Spanish flags on their shirt in support of keeping the country unified.

LAS PALMAS' LOGO

Catalan-born players like Gerard Pique and Sergio Roberto were likely pretty livid with the whole ordeal and according to Marca, they were actively against playing.

However, they were outvoted by the rest of the team, as even the likes of Andres Iniesta decided it would be best to play the game.

The club's president Josep Maria Bartomeu came into the dressing room just prior to kick-off and had something incredibly important to say.

BARTOMEU'S WORDS

"If we lose the league for those six points, no one will remember the suspension of this game, only that we are not champions," he said.

Iniesta apparently replied saying: "Do not let it be us who made the decision, it's a club thing."

According to the Spanish publication, Messi had nothing to say on the matter which is surprising given his legendary status at the club and indeed in the city as a whole.

Despite his recent criticism for the dealing of Neymar's sale, Bartomeu's words were very sensible, because a six-point deduction would have virtually handed the league title initiative back into the hands of their bitter rivals Real Madrid.

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