Anticipating anthem protests, Spain braces for ‘verbal violence’


Andrew Keh and Raphael Minder | The New York Times
April 2018 | 9-minute read

The final of the Copa del Rey — the King’s Cup — is the only occasion in Spanish club soccer that features the playing of the national anthem. So for the past several years, that brief ritual has given fans of Barcelona who sympathize with the independence cause the chance to whistle and jeer the song — and the royalty in attendance — with impunity, subverting the stately ritual and exasperating their critics.

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