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- Author: Stacy Allen Aug 21, 2017,
Aug 21, 2017, 2:29
A minute's silence will be held before the game, as in every fixture in Spain's top two divisions this weekend, while Barca's players will wear "Barcelona" on the back of their shirts instead of their names as a tribute to the victims.
The club's first LaLiga game of the season against Real Betis promises to be a highly emotional occasion as players, staff and spectators remember the 14 people who died and dozens who were injured on Thursday.
"I want to send my condolences and all my support to the families and friends of the victim of this bad attack in our beloved Barcelona, as well as totally rejecting any act of violence".
And the Camp Nou played its part on Sunday night as La Liga kicked off again in low-key circumstances at Barca's famous home. The attack took place along Las Ramblas, a popular tourist-filled promenade with many shops and kiosks that sell FC Barcelona jerseys and merchandise. But all of us have to help him.
Both FC Barcelona and Real Madrid observed minutes of silence before the start of their respective training sessions today.
"But it is something you can't control and we can't hide".
On Saturday, Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said he hopes fans will display the same spirit that was shown in Plaza de Catalunya when hundreds of people gathered in solidarity with the victims and chanted "We are not afraid".
Here's hoping he hits a debut hat-trick against Real Betis on Sunday evening, because it's been a pretty very bad start so far for the Brazilian.
A minute's silence was held prior to the start of play at Edgbaston in the second Test between England and the West Indies.
The English Football League has also announced that all 72 teams playing this weekends will be joining in by wearing black armbands.
Espanyol, also based in Barcelona, published photographs of their squad linking arms in a circle to pay their respects.
Meanwhile, long-term absentee Rafinha Alcantara and Luis Suarez are also ruled out for the game against Betis, with the Uruguay global expected to be out of for around four weeks due to a knee injury suffered in the Wednesday's defeat at the Santiago Bernabeu. Maybe I would have preferred to go to Barcelona another time.
Valverde has so far had to deal with one of the summer's most controversial transfers, which has seen the coach perhaps lose one of the best players in the world to Paris Saint-Germain.