Pep: Barca should have called off game

Pep Guardiola has criticised the decision to play Barcelona’s match against Las Palmas on Sunday and hit out at the actions of the Spanish state.

The former Blaugrana Coach, now at the helm of Manchester City, also criticised the Spanish media and Prime Minister of Spain Mariano Rajoy for their reaction to the violence in Catalonia on Sunday.

“I would not have played the Barca-Las Palmas game at all,” Guardiola told Rac1 on Sunday night.

“If you play that game, you play in front of the fans with all the consequences that come with it.

“There were over 700 people injured, those people who went to cast a vote, not to rob a bank!

“But Rajoy will not answer questions and will not listen, they have sent those 700 people of their own nation to hospital.

“The whole world has seen what happened. They have broken the fingers of a girl who had gone to vote and the only media outlets who will not explain the seriousness of this will be the Spanish ones.

“The international community has seen the pictures and videos, the Spanish media will not show them and I’m annoyed Rajoy has not spoken about those injured.

“Pique? You can agree with him or not, but Pique is a brave guy.”

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