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Barcelona can leave La Liga, if Catalonia becomes independent

Barcelona can leave La Liga, if Catalonia becomes independent

The North Eastern region held an independence referendum on Sunday which was declared illegal by the Spanish government, with questions being raised over the future of the area's football clubs.

But Catalan leaders claimed the results showed the region had the right to secede and said they may unilaterally declare independence.

But he stressed that Spain "overcome hard times".

A top European Union official said Spain and Catalonia must talk with each other, even if Catalan authorities broke the law with an unauthorized independence vote.

The "irresponsible attitude" of the regional government has "put the economic and social stability of Catalonia and Spain at risk", he said.

Even when calling for dialogue, European leaders have sided with Spain.

After his side beat Brighton on Sunday, Wenger joked he would "try to learn Catalan" but said: "If Barcelona want to join the Premier League, it makes things even more hard for everybody".

Catalan officials said 90 percent of the 2.3 million people who voted Sunday were in favor of independence.

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Some police staying at hotels in Catalonia have come under pressure from local residents to leave.

So far no country or global body has expressed any support for the Catalan government (asterisk) s independence drive, so any declaration of independence is likely to be rejected, at the beginning at least.

The spokesman said the four suspects were accused of "a crime of sedition... in relation to the gatherings and demonstrations carried out to forcibly prevent the authorities and their officers from carrying out their duties".

Riot police moved in on polling stations in towns and cities across Catalonia to stop people from voting, in some cases baton-charging and firing rubber bullets to disperse crowds. Catalonia provides one fifth of Spain's industrial output.

"But now I am more for independence than anyone, thanks to people like that".

Catalonia has its own language and culture and a political movement for secession that has strengthened in recent years. In a rare televised address to the nation on Tuesday, Felipe said that, without respect for the law, there could be no peace and freedom.

The central government in Madrid blamed Catalan separatist politicians and grassroots groups for the violence, saying they "plotted to break the law" and drew citizens to an unlawful vote.