Friday, 24 November, 2017

Barcelona to Wear Special Shirt in Honour of Recent Terror Attack Victims

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Christy Curtis | 21 August, 2017, 01:16

"'On Sunday, before the 2017/18 La Liga opener against Betis, the Nou Camp will hold a minute's silence in recognition and memory of the victims".

Before the minute was up, the more than 55,000 fans at the stadium broke into a round of applause and began chanting "No tinc por" (I'm not afraid), a chant which has become a symbol of people's reactions to the attacks that killed 14 people and injured more than 120 in Barcelona and the nearby seaside resort of Cambrils.

The special jerseys will also include the hashtag #TotsSomBarcelona (Catalan for "We are all Barcelona") on the chest. All players will wear a black armband.

The English Football League has also announced that all 72 teams playing this weekends will be joining in by wearing black armbands. What we can not do is hide.

Mundo Deportivo splashed just one word on its cover: "Horror".

Both FC Barcelona and Real Madrid observed minutes of silence before the start of their respective training sessions today.

Messi writes: 'I want to send my condolences and all my support to the family and friends of the victims of the bad attack on our beloved Barcelona, as well as totally rejecting all forms of violence. The attack took place along Las Ramblas, a popular tourist-filled promenade with many shops and kiosks that sell FC Barcelona jerseys and merchandise.

No matter what, team that comprises a player like Messi know that they have a player, who can win games on his own.

'We are not going to yield, we are far greater and we want to live in a world of peace, without hatred and where respect and tolerance are the foundations of harmony'.

And Camp Nou will pause pre-game on Sunday to honour those who lost their lives on the busy street. Barcelona won the Miami game, 3-2. Maybe I would have preferred to go to Barcelona another time.

On Thursday, Neymar wrote on Twitter: "God will comfort the families".

That is not the end of it; Barcelona have not been able to find his replacement, and they have not been able to hit the ground running, as their recent Spanish Super loss to Real Madrid suggest. Although just a preseason tournament, some of Barca's weaknesses were exposed, and Neymar's absence was noticeable.

Ernersto Valverde were without Luis Suarez and Andres Iniesta for the first encounter of the season, although Nelson Semedo made his first start.

But none of that seems to matter this weekend.

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