Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi (L) and Barcelona's Uruguayan forward Luis Suarez (R) gesture during the Spanish league football match FC Barcelona vs SD Eibar at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on May 21, 2017. / AFP / LLUIS GENE
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Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu insisted on Saturday the Catalan giants cannot be used by either side of a political battle over Catalonia's drive to gain independence from Spain.A powerful symbol of Catalonia across the world, Barca have been caught in the political crossfire in the weeks following an independence referendum, deemed illegal by Madrid, was marred by violence.Bartomeu took an unpopular decision to play Barca's match against Las Palmas behind closed doors on October 1, the day of the referendum, after La Liga refused to postpone the match.The other major point of order for Bartomeu was the passing of Barca's accounts for the 2017/18 season that are expected to a club record income of 897 million euros ($1.06 billion).
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