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Less than an hour and a half before the scheduled kick-off, reports emerged that the Liga game would not take place following advice from Catalonia's Mossos d'Esquadra police force.

Spanish riot police on Sunday burst into polling stations across Catalonia to try to halt the banned referendum on a split from Spain and Catalan officials said 337 people were injured in the crackdown.

Barcelona, which openly backed the referendum, had wanted to postpone the game, but its request was denied by the Spanish league.

THOUSANDS of Barcelona fans were left out in the cold today as their game against Las Palmas had to be played behind closed doors.

"From there, all together, directors, executives and players met and we decided, exceptionally, to play the game behind closed doors".

The push for independence of Catalonia, a nation in the north-eastern part of Spain that's home to 7.5 million people, has caused tension around the country.

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The freakish circumstances of the Barcelona game appeared to affect the home side in the first half as they lacked energy and imagination, mustering only two shots on goal - an early strike from Sergi Roberto and a wayward header from Paulinho.

In the statement released by the club, Barcelona criticized La Liga for refusing to allow the game to be postponed and denounced the actions of the Spanish police, who had clashed with citizens in the lead-up to the vote.

During the match, which Barcelona won 3-0 thanks to two goals from Lionel Messi, the scoreboard at the Camp Nou displayed a picture of a ballot box with the word "democracy" on it.

The Barcelona team wore shirts based on the Catalan flag before the game began today.

The fixture ended in a 3-0 victory for Barça, with star player Lionel Messi scoring twice.

"If we hadn't played we'd have lost six points, three for the result and three as a punishment", he added.

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The Catalan football federation cancelled all local games organised by the federation, majority involving youth squads and lower divisions.

"The Catalan government have made a decision to celebrate a referendum against Spanish law, with all the worldwide exposure that events in the Camp Nou will have", continued Las Palmas' statement.

"It's a question which only comes up in the case of an independent Catalonia and we are not there yet", he said.

Sturgeon says that "regardless of views on independence, we should all condemn the scenes being witnessed".

The 30-year old was clear about his position on the importance of their being a referendum saying that whether people voted yes, no, or abstained it didn't matter.

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