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Barcelona to pay tribute to terror victims

13 were killed in an attack on the city on Thursday and the club’s players took time to remember those who died.

Lionel Messi was among the footballers who paid tribute to the victims of the Barcelona terror attack.
Lionel Messi was among the footballers who paid tribute to the victims of the Barcelona terror attack.
Image: GABRIEL BOUYS

BARCELONA’S PLAYERS OBSERVED a minute’s silence at training on Friday following the terror attack in the city on Thursday, while it has been confirmed that they will pay tribute to the victims ahead of their La Liga opener this weekend.

At least 13 people were killed and dozens injured as a van drove into pedestrians on Las Ramblas in Barcelona. Authorities have warned that the death toll may rise.

The players of Barcelona subsequently took the time, ahead of training, to commemorate those killed.

Both Lionel Messi and Neymar — the latter now of PSG but formerly of Barca — issued tributes to the victims on social media.

Taking to Facebook, Messi wrote: “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.

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.”

Neymar, meanwhile, wrote on Twitter: “God will comfort the families. #PrayForBarcelona.”

The Catalan club will also hold a minute’s silence before their La Liga opener against Real Betis in memory of the victims of Thursday’s terror attack.

“FC Barcelona wants to express their 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,” the club said in a statement.

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.

“On Sunday, before the 2017-18 La Liga opener against Betis, the Camp Nou will hold a minute’s silence in recognition and memory of the victims.”

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