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

Aug 21, 2017, 20:27
Barcelona to Wear Special Shirt in Honour of Recent Terror Attack Victims

Football will take a back seat at the Nou Camp on Sunday as Barcelona pay tribute to the victims of the terror attack in the city.

The club announced it had granted fans' requests to return tickets in the wake of Thursday's attacks, which killed 14 people and injured more than 100.

FC Barcelona, a professional football club based in Barcelona, will open their season at home against Betis at the football stadium of Camp Nou at 8:15 p.m. (1915 GMT) on Sunday and the game will kick off under strict security measures.

Betis lost star player Dani Ceballos to Real Madrid earlier this summer, but the Seville-based side have been active in the transfer market, signing Mexican global Andres Guardado, former Barcelona winger Cristian Tello and ex-Manchester City midfielder Javi Garcia.

Barca's archrival Real Madrid tweeted a photo of their team holding a moment of silence at their training camp Friday, as did Spanish clubs Espanyol (which is based in Barcelona), Levante, Granada, Real Mallorca, and Girona. This was due to the recent terrorist attack in Barcelona, with the Catalan outfit wearing shirts with Barcelona written on the back instead of their names.

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"I started at the Bernabeu and the coach has given me confidence".

After the attack, the team's star player, Lionel Messi, posted on Instagram: "I want to send my condolences and all my support to the families and friends of the victims of the awful attack in our beloved Barcelona, as well as rejecting totally any act of violence. We won't give in, those of us who wish to live in a peaceful, hate-free world in which respect and tolerance form the basis of our coexistence are in the overwhelming majority".

Barcelona are unbeaten in their last 12 league games against Betis (winning 10 and drawing the other two), while their last defeat against the Andalusians was back in March 2008 at the Benito Villamarin (3-2).

Nahuel Leiva had a decent opportunity to halve the deficit 20 minutes from time after finding space just outside the Barcelona box, although the on-loan Villarreal winger missed the target with a wild attempt.

On the field, Valverde's reign got off to a hard start with a 5-1 aggregate thrashing in the Spanish Super Cup at the hands of rivals Real Madrid. There are much bigger issues on the minds of Barcelonistas.