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Lionel Messi and Co walk out in front of bizarre quiet atmosphere as club's vice president resigns on day of complete confusion after referendum violence.
LIONEL MESSI and his Barcelona team-mates walked out in front of a staggering sight - an empty Camp Nou.
On the day when violence and police brutality occurred on the streets of Catalonia, the club made the decision NOT to let 98,000 fans in.
The game got underway with Messi, Gerard Pique and their superstar team-mates wearing warm-up shirts with the colours of the Catalonia flag on.
Earlier in the day, Pique had cast his vote in a referendum ballot that has not been recognised by the Spanish government.
Hundreds of people, including the elderly and women have been injured as the Spanish police got heavy with what the Madrid government have called an 'illegal' Catalan independence vote.
In the city where strikes inside the box are usually celebrated on a football pitch, rather than on a ballot slip, politics and sport was mixed in an atmosphere of total confusion.
FC Barcelona is one of the jewels of the crown of Catalan identity, along with their massive, iconic stadium and brand of silky passing football.