Pep talk for Catalan independence vote
Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola has called on the international community to support a referendum on Catalan independence that Spain’s government considers illegal.
Guardiola read a manifesto at a rally of several thousand supporters of Catalan independence who gathered at a fountain in Barcelona last Sunday.
He urged “democracies in Europe and around the world to stand by us as we defend our rights of freedom, political expression and the right to vote”.
Catalonia’s regional president Carles Puigdemont has announced that his government will hold the independence referendum on 1st October.
However, Spain’s Government has promised to stop the vote on grounds that it is unconstitutional since the matter would affect all Spaniards.
Guardiola is a former coach and player for Barcelona FC, and has been Manchester City’s coach for a year.
Picture: Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola holds a ballot box during a protest organised by the National Assembly for Catalonia, to support the call for a referendum in Barcelona. (Emilio Morenatti, AP).Tags: Barcelona, Barcelona FC, Carles Puigdemont, Catalan, Catalan independence, Catalonia, Guardiola, Manchester City, Pep Guardiola, Spain