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Barcelona have been compelled to vary their journey plans for this weekend’s sport towards Eibar because of the ongoing protests within the metropolis following a Spanish court docket ruling which noticed 9 Catalan separatists jailed for between 9 and 13 years, sources have informed ESPN FC.

A strike has been known as on Friday in Catalonia and numerous marches are deliberate throughout the area to protest on the ruling. Roads out and in of Barcelona are anticipated to be blocked, which might make it tough for the Spanish champions to entry the airport.

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Town’s El Prat airport was the centre of the demonstrations on Monday, when the sentences for the politicians and civil leaders had been introduced. Entry to the airport was unattainable, with Barca midfielder Ivan Rakitic compelled to depart on foot after coming back from worldwide obligation with Croatia.

Barca had deliberate to fly to Bilbao on Friday forward of Saturday’s league sport in Eibar. Nevertheless, sources have informed ESPN FC they may now fly to Victoria on Thursday as a substitute.

Ernesto Valverde will even carry ahead his pregame information convention. He’ll communicate to the media on Thursday earlier than flying north. Barca will then prepare at Alaves’ coaching base on Friday forward of their return to La Liga motion this weekend.

The membership additionally regarded into different choices, akin to flying to Bilbao on Thursday and making use of Athletic Membership’s services at Lezama. That was dominated out on Wednesday, although, as was the concept of embarking on an extended bus journey on Friday.

Valverde and his teaching employees didn’t wish to take any dangers, which is why they’ve determined to press forward with altering their journey plans moderately than go away issues to likelihood.

In 2010, Barcelona had been compelled to journey to Milan on bus for his or her Champions League semifinal first leg towards Inter Milan. A volcanic ash cloud meant they had been unable to fly to the sport, which they misplaced on their manner out of the competitors.

Occasions in Barcelona this week centre across the sentences handed out to separatists for his or her function in Catalonia’s unilateral independence referendum and the short-lived independence declaration which adopted.

Barca launched a press release on Monday, which stated that “jail shouldn’t be the answer” and known as for dialogue, whereas Manchester Metropolis supervisor Pep Guardiola branded the ruling a “direct affront to human rights.”

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