FC Barcelona players entered last night’s opening game of the La Liga season to the chorus of ‘we are not afraid’ in memory of the victims of Thursday’s terror attack in Barcelona.
Players from both teams wore black armbands as they assembled around the centre circle for a minute’s silence before the kick-off against Real Betis. Barcelona won 2-0.
FC Barcelona players wore specially designed shirts with the hashtag #TotsSomBarcelona (We are all Barcelona) embroidered on the front and players’ individual names replaced with ‘Barcelona’ on the back.
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) August 19, 2017
Flags positioned around the stadium have been flying at half-mast since the attack, while hundreds of supporters wore black as a mark of respect.
FC Barcelona released a statement expressing their condolences to the victims and their families.
“FC Barcelona wants to express its profound sorrow and utter disgust at the terrorist attack that has hit the heart of our city, la Rambla de Barcelona.”
“The club wishes to send our support and thoughts to the victims, their families and friends as well as the people of Barcelona and its visitors.”
“As a mark of respect, the flags will fly at half-mast at the club’s installations and the players from both teams will wear black armbands in all matches this weekend.”
“On Sunday, before the 2017/18 La Liga opener against Betis, the Nou Camp will hold a minute’s silence in recognition and memory of the victims.”
A number of Barcelona players took to social media to convey their sympathy to the victims of the terror attacks.
“I would like to send my condolences and all my support to the families and friends of the victims of the terrible attack on our beloved Barcelona, as well as totally reject any act of violence,” Barcelona’s Lionel Messi wrote on Instagram.
“We are not going to give up, we are many more who want to live in a world in peace, without hate and where respect and tolerance are the basis of coexistence.”
Quiero mandar mis condolencias y todo mi apoyo a las familias y amigos de las víctimas del terrible atentado en nuestra amada Barcelona, además de rechazar totalmente cualquier acto de violencia. No nos vamos a rendir, somos muchos más los que queremos vivir en un mundo en paz, sin odio y donde el respeto y la tolerancia sean las bases de la convivencia.
Former Barcelona player Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior also expressed his grief.
“May God comfort all families #PrayForBarcelona I love you BARCELONA,” Neymar tweeted.
— Neymar Jr (@neymarjr) August 17, 2017