Football

Man City coach Guardiola leads Catalan independence rally

Guardiola read a manifesto at a rally of several thousand supporters of Catalan independence in Barcelona on Sunday.

Guardiola read a manifesto at a rally of several thousand supporters of Catalan independence in Barcelona on Sunday.   | Photo Credit: AFP

Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola has called on the international community to support a referendum on Catalan independence that Spain’s government considers illegal.

Guardiola read a manifesto at a rally of several thousand supporters of Catalan independence who gathered at a fountain in Barcelona on Sunday. He said “democracies in Europe and around the world to stand by us as we defend our rights of freedom, political expression and the right to vote.”

On Friday, Catalonia’s regional president Carles Puigdemont announced that his government would hold the independence referendum on October 1.

Spain’s government has promised to stop the vote on grounds that it is unconstitutional since the matter would affect all Spaniards.

Guardiola is former coach and player for Barcelona soccer club.

Why you should pay for quality journalism - Click to know more

Recommended for you
This article is closed for comments.
Please Email the Editor

Printable version | Feb 18, 2020 2:59:55 PM | https://www.thehindu.com/sport/football/man-city-coach-guardiola-leads-catalan-independence-rally/article18960532.ece

Next Story