Barcelona have been warned they risk being kicked out of La Liga if Catalonia gains independence.
With the Catalonian parliamentary election taking place later this week, there has been growing calls for the Spanish state to gain independence.
However, Javier Tebas, president of the Spanish football league, has warned that Barcelona clubs - FC Barcelona and Espanyol - would be expelled from La Liga if the situation materialised.
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As per the Mirror, he said: “They would not be allowed to play in La Liga because the law would not allow it.
“Spanish sports law firmly establishes that the only others state from which clubs can take part in domestic competitions is Andorra.”
But Tebas confirmed his belief, saying: “Catalunya will never separate from Spain.”
Spain’s Secretary of State for Sport, Miguel Cardenal, has also weighed into the argument, warning the Catalan giants they risk turning into a club like Ajax or Celtic if independence is gained.
As per Spanish newspaper AS, he said: "The sporting aspirations of Catalan clubs would be different [if Catalonia wins independence].
"Barca, for example, would turn into a team like Ajax, Celtic or Standard Li*ege and, at best, reach the knockout stages or quarter-finals of the Champions League. It’s not scaremongering, it’s being realistic."
This is a situation that reaches far beyond the world of football, but expulsion from Liga BBVA is a daunting prospect for the Camp Nou club.
For now, the 23-time La Liga champions - who are remaining neutral in the independence debate - can concentrate on their aims to recreate their treble of last season.
Luis Enrique's men hold an early two-point lead over both Madrid clubs and travel to Celta Vigo tomorrow night.
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