When protests end up shaking football

In different parts of the world, hundreds of citizens have taken to the streets to protest about the different disagreements they have with the government. From pension reforms to the abuse of power by military forces, people paralyze the streets of major cities to claim their rights.

Camp Nou Stadium in Barcelona.

Camp Nou Stadium in Barcelona. / Photo: Pixabay

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Due to these protests, several sectors have been affected; like tourism, the economy and even sporting events. Football games and football in general have also suffered the consequences of these demonstrations.

Therefore, from LatinAmerican Post we tell you how football has also become a space for denunciation, either by players or by fans, against what is happening.


The protests in Chile were one of the firsts to explode in Latin America, since October 6 Chilean students called on citizens to go out and protest the rising price of subway tickets. However, this demonstration grew like a snowball and triggered several reforms by President Sebastián Piñera.

Well, following the protests, the first division of the football league is canceled since October because of the events. In addition, during the FIFA date of November, the Chilean national team decided not to play the friendly match. According to the player Charles Aránguiz, "the match between Peru and Chile should not be played because what is happening in the country is quite serious," in statements collected by RPP.


After a turbulent election in which Evo Morales was not recognized as president, and most of the candidates or rulers belonging to the MAS (party associated with Morales) were dismissed or forcibly removed by the angry Bolivian population, the country is shaken in a political and social crisis.

After Morales's resignation as president, the continuity of Bolivian football was also affected. For more than a month the first division of this sport was suspended since the conditions were not stable or safe for the players. It was not until November 21 that the Bolivian Federation of Soccer and Aggregated Soccer Players of Bolivia reached an agreement to be able to play the remaining ten dates starting on November 27.

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The expected 21N (November 21) came with a massive demonstration against the government policies of President Iván Duque. That same day, thousands of citizens joined the 'cacerolazo' not only from their homes but also moved along the main roads of the cities at night.

This day also showed the union of different Colombian teams' hooligans, something rare to see for their constant friction, compromised by the situation in the country. In addition, and despite the fact that the Colombian league games were not canceled, several fans who attended the stadiums shouted harangues supporting the national strike.


The long-awaited classic between Real Madrid against Barcelona could not be played on the established date, on October 26, 2019. All because of the tension that exists in the Catalan region sponsored by the independence movements, which took the streets of the main cities of the region.

For this reason, the classic was postponed and rescheduled to take place on December 18, perhaps thinking that by that date the protests will decrease, and perhaps, they will have disappeared to return to normality. Well, the independentists asked to make seedlings outside the Camp Nou and in areas adjacent to the stadium, and, according to Moncloa, the participation would reach 18,000 protesters.

It should be noted that Tsunami Democràtic, in an interview for the program 'El Món a Rac1', affirms that this initiative was not proposed by them but that it has contacted the teams so that “the field is a clamor with the message 'Spain, sit and talk'”, according to Sport.

So far, the classic would take place. However, Real Madrid has already ruled, and if they see that their players can be at risk, they would not transport them to the stadium.

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