Madrid - Spain's
La Liga returns on Friday under the shadow of terrorist attacks in
Barcelona and Cambrils that left 14 killed and more than a hundred
The league's authorities still plan for all 10 La Liga fixtures to
take place, including Barcelona's match at home to Real Betis on Sunday.
All games across the top two divisions will be preceded by a minute's silence.
"LaLiga has asked the RFEF (Spanish Football Federation) to hold a
minute's silence in all matches of the first day of the competition," La
Liga said in a statement.
Barca's players held a minute's silence before training on Friday,
whilst the club published a picture of the players and coaching staff
with the hashtag "TotsSomBarcelona" ("We are all Barcelona") on its
social media channels.
"As a mark of respect, the flags will fly at half-mast at the club’s
facilities and the players from both teams will wear black armbands in
all the club's matches this weekend," Barca added in a statement.
The club also said that players will wear shirts with 'Barcelona'
replacing individual names on the back for Sunday's game at the club's
99,354-capacity Camp Nou home.
"The players of the first team will wear 'Barcelona' instead of their
own name on the jerseys for the match," said the club in a statement.
"This jersey will also carry the hashtag #TotsSomBarcelona (in Catalan) on the front."
Barcelona's other top flight side Espanyol are away to Sevilla on Saturday.
"With our hearts still shrinking to see Barcelona, our beloved
Barcelona, attacked vilely by terror and hate, we want to show our
solidarity with all the people affected as well as to thank enormously
all the support received by both the city and our club," Espanyol said
in a statement.
The league's biggest stars Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo were
among those to lead tributes to the victims as the shocking events of
"I want to send my condolences and all my support to the families and
friends of the victims of the terrible attack in our beloved Barcelona,
??in addition to totally rejecting any act of violence," Barca forward
Messi, wrote on Instagram.
"We are not going to give up, there are many more of us who want to
live in a world in peace, without hate and where respect and tolerance
are the basis of coexistence."
Ronaldo and his Real Madrid teammates also showed their solidarity
with Barcelona as the two clubs' fierce rivalry was forgotten at a
"Dismayed at the news coming from Barcelona. All the support and
solidarity (to) the family and friends of the victims," Ronaldo wrote on
That mood was reflected on the front pages of Spain's sport newspapers on Friday.
"Today we can't talk about sport," splashed Madrid-based Marca.
Taking a line from Barca's club anthem, Barcelona-based Sport's headline ran "Tots units fem força" (together we are stronger).
The first league matches of the season take place on Friday night
when Leganes welcome Alaves in Madrid before Valencia host Las Palmas.
Newly-promoted Girona host Atletico Madrid in the first game in
Catalonia since the attacks, just over 50 miles north-east of Barcelona
"The most important thing is what happened yesterday," Atletico coach Diego Simeone said on Friday.
"Unfortunately it was a very hard day for everyone.
"I express my solidarity, sadness and encourage all those that want to live in peace."
Week 1 La Liga fixtures: (all times SA)
Friday, August 18
Leganes v Alaves (20:15), Valencia v Las Palmas (22:15)
Saturday, August 19
Celta Vigo v Real Sociedad (18:15), Girona v Atletico Madrid (20:15), Sevilla v Espanyol (22:15)
Sunday, August 20
Athletic Bilbao v Getafe (18:15), Barcelona v Real Betis (20:15), Deportivo la Coruna v Real Madrid (22:15)
Monday, August 21
Levante v Villarreal (20:15), Malaga v Eibar (22:00)