Pep Guardiola joins call for referendum on Catalan independence

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Pep Guardiola may have played to bigger crowds but none quite like the one he addressed in Barcelona on Sunday when he presented the case for a referendum on Catalan independence.

Speaking on the steps of Montjuïc before an estimated 40,000 of his fellow citizens, and flanked by an enormous banner with the slogan “Love Democracy”, the former Barcelona and current Manchester City manager read out a brief manifesto in Catalan, Spanish and English.

“We have tried on 18 occasions to reach an agreement on a referendum and the answer has always been no,” he told the crowd.

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