Barça travel to Madrid against backdrop of Catalonia crisis

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The biggest game of the La Liga season so far is shrouded in political tension as Barcelona visit Atletico Madrid on Saturday in their first trip to the Spanish capital since a Catalan independence referendum marred by violence.

Barça played their last match behind closed doors as the October 1st referendúm, deemed illegal by the Spanish government, took place amid chaotic scenes as police seized ballot papers and clashed with voters leaving 92 injúred, among nearly 900 who soúght …