Barcelona to Wear Special Shirt in Honour of Recent Terror Attack Victims

Real Madrid celebrate their win over Barcelona in the Superopa            

Real Madrid celebrate their win over Barcelona in the Superopa S

Police in Barcelona, who are still searching for the driver of the van that killed 13 people in Thursday's terror attack in the city centre, have launched a massive security operation head of this evening's football match between Barcelona FC and Real Betis.

It's normally a place of celebration.

"The first team will wear a special shirt with "Barcelona" on the back where their names are usually displayed in Sunday's LaLiga opener against Real Betis, a statement on the club's website read".

"I want to send my condolences and all my support to the families and friends of the victim of this awful attack in our beloved Barcelona, as well as totally rejecting any act of violence". As things stand, Betis have conceded at least two goals in six of their last seven outings in La Liga.

"Freedom of expression is what Catalonia is all about", Catalan artist Joan Miró once said, and that spirit was very much in evidence.

"[I'd like to] have a squad that matches the demands made of us", said the coach.

There was a minute's silence before every Spanish league match this weekend. "We are here to help in any way we can", Valverde told Barça TV on Friday.

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They have also been granted permission by the Spanish FA to have the slogan #TotsSomBarcelona (We are all Barcelona) inscribed on the front.

After the attack some fans, especially tourists, returned their tickets, the club said without giving figures. The memorial service was led by Spain's King Felipe and Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy.

But even on La Rambla, the Canaletas fountain where Barca celebrate their titles has been converted into a shrine over the past days in tribute to the victims of the attack, and it is likely that many supporters simply were not in the mood.

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde wants other players in the team to support him well so that Messi can get the best result for Barcelona.

"We are not going to give up".

On Saturday, Barca goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen tweeted: "We're playing for the whole city and for peace all over the world".

Betis defender Alin Tosca diverted a cross from the lively Gerard Deulofeu into his own net to put Barca ahead in the 36th minute, while the former Everton forward, who returned to his boyhood club this summer, also laid on the pass for the second goal which was smashed in by Sergi Roberto in the 39th.

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