What would the La Liga landscape look like without Barcelona and Espanyol?

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Barcelona and Espanyol are facing the very real possibility of not being able to play in La Liga with Catalan independence once again at the core of the issue.

On September 27, regional elections in Catalonia will be held and there are suggestions that this is being turned into an unofficial referendum.

If the parties who have always supported a breakaway from Spain win a majority of seats, there would appear to be a high possibility that those parties will seek to unite and force the issue.


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It hasn't gone down well in the corridors of power both in parliament and at La Liga headquarters.


Indeed, Javier Tebas, president of the Spanish league tweeted an unequivocal message on Monday which read: "If Spain splits, so too does La Liga. Let's hope we never reach that absurd situation."

It might be seen as the proverbial red rag to a bull, something outlawed in Catalonia, and if it's a fight La Liga want, they could well get it.

Barcelona and Espanyol, the two clubs who would be affected should Tebas carry through a threat at some later stage, have maintained a neutral stance at this point, but arguably Barca, in particular, won't stand back and allow the same to happen.

The club has been staunch supporters of the freedom for Catalan people for decades now. "More than a club" has been misappropriated in many ways but for some it crystallizes Barca's understanding of their place in the politics of the region.


However, Spain's sports minister Migeul Cardenal stood right behind Tebas noting, as per AS: "FC Barcelona would be unable to carry on competing in the Spanish league.

"It's absurd to think that if Catalonia becomes independent, the club could ask to be registered by the Spanish federation."

Under the terms of the Spanish Constitution, Catalonia is prohibited from breaking away from Spain, and any move is certain to be blocked by the rest of the country.

That being said, this issue isn't going away anytime soon and the more visual the demonstrations - over a million lined the streets of Barcelona on their national day recently - the harder it becomes for Spain to ignore.

At Camp Nou on match days, regular as clockwork - 17 minutes and 14 seconds of each half - Barcelona fans can be heard incessantly shouting "Independencia." 

If Barca themselves were against a breakaway, it would be fairly easy for stewards to ensure those bi-weekly demonstrations didn't take place.

But they have never intervened. Not once. Nor will they.


With a viewership in the billions, more and more supporters around the world are beginning to understand the significance of 1714 - the last time that Catalonia was truly independent of Spain.

It's an engaging storyline for the footballing masses but one that Spain would prefer you didn't read.

Supporters of the club and the region's independence argue that Tebas and Cardenal are just scaremongering.

That neither would have the gumption to actually go through with such a move because of the damage it would cause not only to La Liga the brand but also La Liga the business.

The amount of money that would be lost from a lack of participation, particularly from Barca but also from Espanyol would be hard to bear.

Ligue1 in France has been mooted as an alternative and arguably the French top flight would welcome both sides with open arms.

There are Welsh teams that play in England so there is a precedent for teams from other countries playing in a different league.

But will it really come to that?

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