Barcelona will be playing in their “senyera” strip on Saturday to celebrate Catalonia’s national day.Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao will be playing in their “senyera” and green kits respectively, after being granted permission by the Spanish FA to celebrate Catalonia’s national day this past Thursday, the Daily Mail reports.
The Catalan giants will be wearing last season’s kit at the Nou Camp for the first time, with their opponents donning green jerseys to represent the Basque country flag.
The teams have been accused of mixing football with politics, but Barcelona insist that it is a separate issue merely to commemorate an historic event.
Alfredo Relano, editor of AS, a Madrid-based daily newspaper, was unimpressed however.
“Some at Barca say they don’t want to politicise the match,” he began.
“Well, if that was the club’s intention, Barca would play as Barca and Athletic as Athletic, as they’ve done for a century, and not Barca as Catalonia and Athletic as the Basque Country.”