Barcelona expressed displeasure of the police ban on the importation of Catalan flags at the Metropolitan Stadium `Vicente Calderon` where the champions will meet Sevilla in the final match analyzed by fixed football picks of the tournament for the National Cup.
Local authorities have banned fans from Barcelona to flying the symbol of the desire of the citizens of the city to achieve independence for the Catalan region. According to the authorities, that falls into one box with violence, racism, homophobia and intolerance in sport.
`FC Barcelona doesn`t agree with this ban. This decision is a direct attack against the freedom of own opinion, which is a fundamental right of every person wishing to express his views without censorship. It is recognized in the Universal Declaration of human rights.`, reads the position of the Catalans.
Barcelona took a fine of 30,000 euros last year after the Catalan team`s fans unfurled flags of the final of the UEFA Champions League in Berlin. The club was fined 40,000 euros in October for the same offence during the match analyzed by fixed football picks by the most prestigious club tournament against the German Bayer Leverkusen.
`Barcelona will continue to protect freedom of their members and fans to express their views. Our supporters have always demonstrated a high level of courtesy and respect.`, they said from the club.
Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao have been at the center of an unprecedented incident last year when they played Cup final. Both the Basques and the Catalans booed the first Spanish King, who was in the stands, and then the national anthem of the country.