As tensions mount in Spain over the possibility of Catalonia holding an independence referendum on Nov. 9, La Liga chief Javier Tebas made it clear that FC Barcelona would no longer be allowed to play in Spain if Catalonia becomes an independent country. As Reuters points out, if Barca did leave La Liga then it would severely weaken the image of the competition at home and abroad; it would also be hard to envision Barca and Espanyol competing alongside the semiprofessional teams that currently play in Catalonia.
"If Catalonia became independent, taking into consideration the Sports Law that would be enforced by the rest of Spain, Barcelona wouldn't be allowed to play," Tebas, president of Spain’s professional soccer league (LFP) told a sports conference in Barcelona. "There would have to be a change in the law made in the Spanish Parliament. Clearly if it happened then it would be detrimental for Spanish soccer to lose Barca who are an historic club.”
He added: "I can't imagine the LFP without Barca. In the same way as I can't imagine Catalonia without Spain, I can't see La Liga without Barca. Also if it did happen what would you call the league: the Spanish League or the Iberian League?"
Meanwhile, Barca veterans Xavi Hernandez and Gerard Pique have both publicly come out in support of a referendum.