Barca face La Liga exclusion

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A referendum will be held next month to determine the future of the Catalonia region, with a ‘yes’ vote resulting in the state becoming independent from Spain.

Should that be the case, it will be illegal for Barcelona and neighbours Espanyol to participate in Spain’s top-flight League, according to Spanish FA president Javier Tebas.

Barcelona and Espanyol will be ineligible to play in La Liga if Catalonia becomes an independent country, Spanish FA president Javier Tebas claimed.

"Barcelona and Espanyol would not play in the Spanish League if Catalonia becomes independent for the following reason: the Sports Act has an additional provision that only one non-Spanish state can play in La Liga or official Spanish competitions, and that is Andorra," Tebas told Spanish radio station Onda Cero.

Tebas then stated that laws excluding the duo from La Liga, should Catalonia become independent, will be discussed to determine the clubs’ future in the Spanish League.

"For that to take place there would need to be a change in parliament and we'd need to see if the affected industry would agree or not," Tebas said.

Barcelona have been crowned La Liga champions on 22 occasions since the League’s inception in 1929.

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