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Barcelona fined for Catalunya independence fan banners on UEFA Champions League Final

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Some Barcelona fans were singing and putting up banners for the independence of Catalonia during the UEFA Champions League Final last June. Now, the club has been punished for it.

On Thursday, UEFA fined the Catalan club €30,000 in response to the actions of those fans. The Blaugrana are the symbol of the pride and desire of separation from the rest of Spain for most of the people from that territory, and singing against Spain and for the independence is a religion at Camp Nou games.

According to UEFA, it's prohibited to use gestures and/or banners that support political and religious causes in competitions organized by the institution.

But the Catalan giants are planning to question the ruling, according to an official press release on the same day:

FC Barcelona respects UEFA’s decision that was relayed to the Club on Thursday in relation to the Champions League final in Berlin, however, it does not agree with that decision, especially in the light of the UEFA delegate’s description of the Barça members and fans’ behaviour as excellent, both before, during and after the game, as stated in their report.

With the aim of defending the rights of the Club and its members and while respecting current legislation, the Club’s legal services will consider the possibility of questioning the fine announced today, Thursday. Our conviction is that the rights of the Club and members are not incompatible with current legislation.

Inside the pitch, Barça beat Juventus 3-1 to lift their fifth UCL trophy and complete a Treble-winning season.

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