Barcelona played in an empty stadium creating a surreal scene on day of vote for Catalonian independence

Barcelona played their La Liga match against Las Palmas in an empty stadium on Sunday as the backdrop of the referendum on Catalonian independence loomed.

Barcelona made the announcement that doors would be closed for the match just minutes before kickoff, citing safety concerns, with thousands of fans already waiting outside Camp Nou Stadium.

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Football fans await outside the stadium before the Spanish league football match FC Barcelona vs UD Las Palmas at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on October 1, 2017. Barcelona's La Liga match against Las Palmas will be played behind closed doors today after the Spanish league refused to abandon the match. / AFP PHOTO / JOSE JORDAN (Photo credit should read JOSE JORDAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Gerard Pique during La Liga match between FC Barcelona v UD Las Palmas that has been played behind closed doors, in Barcelona, on October 01, 2017. (Photo by Urbanandsport/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
La Liga match between FC Barcelona v UD Las Palmas that has been played behind closed doors, in Barcelona, on October 01, 2017. (Photo by Urbanandsport/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
BARCELONA, SPAIN - OCTOBER 01: Sergio Busquets of FC Barcelona celebrates with teammates after scoring his team's first goal during the La Liga match between Barcelona and Las Palmas at Camp Nou on October 1, 2017 in Barcelona, Spain. The match is being played with empty stands after the events occured in Catalonia during the voting of a Catalonia independence referendum declared illegal and undemocratic by the Spanish government. (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)
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Football fans walk outside the Camp Nou after the decission of playing behind closed doors the Spanish league football match FC Barcelona vs UD Las Palmas at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on October 1, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / CESAR MANSO (Photo credit should read CESAR MANSO/AFP/Getty Images)
Football fans sit outside the Camp Nou after the decission of playing behind closed doors the Spanish league football match FC Barcelona vs UD Las Palmas at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on October 1, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / CESAR MANSO (Photo credit should read CESAR MANSO/AFP/Getty Images)
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Marc Andre Ter Stegen during La Liga match between FC Barcelona v UD Las Palmas that has been played behind closed doors, in Barcelona, on October 01, 2017. (Photo by Urbanandsport/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Spectator tribunes remain empty as the Spanish league football match FC Barcelona vs UD Las Palmas is played behind closed doors at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on October 1, 2017. Barcelona's La Liga match against Las Palmas was played behind closed doors after the Spanish league refused to postpone the match. At least 91 people have been injured in clashes between police and activists in Catalonia over an independence referendum for the region deemed illegal by the Spanish government. / AFP PHOTO / JOSE JORDAN (Photo credit should read JOSE JORDAN/AFP/Getty Images)
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In the statement released by the club, Barcelona criticized La Liga for refusing to allow the game to be postponed and denounced the actions of the Spanish police, who had clashed with citizens in the lead-up to the vote.

The result was a surreal scene, as Lionel Messi and company took to the pitch in relative silence, as opposed to the usual roars of an adoring crowd.

Barcelona won the game 3-0, as Messi netted two goals in the second half. After the match, Barcelona posted the word "Democracia" across their scoreboard.

Barcelona will have two weeks off before their next fixture, when they will face fellow La Liga powerhouse Atlético Madrid on the road.

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