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Barcelona fined for fans whistling during Spanish national anthem

by Tom Conn | Posted on Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

Barcelona have been fined €66,000 and Athletic Bilbao €18,000 by Spain’s Antiviolence Committee for the pro-Catalan and pro-Basque fans whistling during the Spanish national anthem during May’s Copa del Rey final at the Camp Nou.

Camp Nou, Barcelona.

In a decision handed down on Monday afternoon, the Committee confirmed that Barcelona had been fined for a number of offenses, most notably their inaction and refusal to cooperate in the prevention of the fans whistling during the national anthem out of political protest and €60,000 for “breaching the obligations required in the design and implementation of the safety measures and access controls of prohibited objects (including flares) inside the sports arena.”

However, while the fans for Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao were a hard price to pay for their fan’s right to express themselves, the Royal Federation of Spanish Football was hit the hardest and ordered to pay a fine of €123,000 and the Catalunya Acció a fine of €100,000.

A full breakdown of the fallout from the final has been provided by Sport:

€123.000 – RFEF.

€100.000 – Catalunya Acció.

€90.000 – Santiago Espot, presidente de Catalunya Acció.

€70.000 – Sobirania i Progrés, CADCI, PDD, ICEC, Fundació President Macià, Ara o Mai!, Catalunya diu prou, CLIC, SOCALL, Moviment de Cultura Popular ‘El Sotrac’ and UPDIC.

€66.000 – FC Barcelona.

€18.000 – Athletic Club.

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