Freedom of expression has won: esteladas can be shown at the Cup final
Calls to fill the Vicente Calderón stadium with Catalan independence flags
The Catalan Assembly, Òmnium Cultural, legal association DRETS and the Platform for Catalan Sports Teams are celebrating victory for the injunction brought by DRETS, which means that esteladas, Catlan independence flags, can be taken into the Vicente Calderón stadium for Sunday’s Cup final which will see Barça pitted against Sevilla. We’re delighted by the judge’s ruling, which applies common sense and rejects the ban imposed by the Spanish government’s representatives in Madrid, on the grounds that the estelada doesn’t incite violence, racism, xenophobia or any other form of discrimination.
For this reason, and given the changed circumstances, we’re cancelling our plan to hand out Scottish flags and we’re calling on all Barça supporters to fill their stands in the Vicente Calderón stadium with esteladas. This is the best way to celebrate victory for freedom of expression, to peacefully demonstrate that the estelada is a symbol that identifies us, and to answer those who would try to limit our freedom. The judicial system has sided with us and confirmed that esteladas can be displayed without fear.
All in all, we hope that Sunday will prove to be a great, atmospheric moment for football at the Vicente Calderón stadium, and that the supporters enjoy an exciting game and can express themselves freely, with esteladas.