Members of FC Barcelona’s first team will don ‘Barcelona’ on the back of their jerseys instead of their names for the club’s La Liga opener against Real Betis on August 20 to pay homage to the victims and families involved in the recent terror attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils.
On Thursday, a van drove through a crowd on Las Ramblas, a popular tourist boulevard, leaving 13 people dead and more than 100 wounded. There were two other deadly incidents in Cambrils and Alcanar, which were linked to the van attack, with ISIS taking credit.
FC Barcelona received special authorization from the Real Federación Española de Fútbol (RFEF), the governing body of soccer in Spain, for the gesture. The club was also permitted by La Liga, the nation’s premier domestic league, to display #TotsSomBarcelona (We are all Barcelona) on the chest of the shirt between the badge and Nike logo.
Headlined by Leo Messi and Luis Suarez, FC Barcelona finished second in La Liga in 2016-17, three points behind rival Real Madrid.