Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao fans vocal protest against King Felipe VI at last year’s Copa del Rey final ruled lawful by Spanish courts
A Spanish court has thrown out a lawsuit brought after a massive stadium protest by Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao fans against King Felipe VI in last year’s Copa del Rey final on 30 May 2015.
National Court judge Fernado Andreu ruled that the loud jeers at the king and Spain’s national anthem at Barcelona’s Camp Nou did not constitute a crime.
Barcelona are the most popular team in the northeastern Catalonia region, while Athletic Bilbao are the Basque Country’s biggest club.
Both regions harbour secessionist movements. Catalonia’s has grown in recent years, with Camp Nou becoming a rallying point for separatists.
In the final of the Copa del Rey in Spain 2015, Catalan supporters (FC Barcelona) and Basque supporters (Athletic Club de Bilbao) were protesting against the Spanish anthem as they are not Spanish. The Spanish authorities had installed a sound system of 100.000 watts (aprox. the sound produced by a plane) but the protest was massive. Also the Spanish TV censored the sound, this sound recording was taken from Catalan radio.