Spain sports minister doesn’t want to mix sports with politics in the upcoming Copa del Rey final

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There is a huge political context behind Saturday’s match. Barcelona’s supporters group will visit club’s former president Sandro Rosell in prison while the club’s current president Josep Maria Bartomeu has also called for justice.

And now Jose Ramon Lete, the head of Spain’s ministry for sport (CSD), has had his say.

“At the CSD we respect freedom of expression. We also think that this freedom of expression, tolerance and respect should apply to all symbols that unite all Spaniards,” Lete said.

“We don’t like to mix sport with politics as this takes the attention away from what should be a celebration of Spanish football.

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“Rules should be respected. And if the rules on anti-violence are broken then measures will be taken,” added Lete, who did not want to discuss whether the presence of Catalan independence flags will affect the atmosphere.

“The courts have spoken. What we want is for there to be a good game of football and that sport isn’t mixed with politics. It’s important that there is conciliation and everyone enjoys themselves.”

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