Barcelona vice-president Carles Vilarrubi resigned from the position after the club decided to play Las Palmas behind closed doors on Sunday, the same day as the vote on Catalonia's independence referendum.
The club released a statement via its official website that condemned the actions of the Spanish government and police in preventing some from voting in the referendum, and ESPN FC's Dermot Corrigan later reported Vilarrubi's departure:
Dermot Corrigan @dermotmcorrigan
Barca VP Carles Vilarrubí has resigned due to decision to play game behind closed doors today.2017-10-1 14:13:06
BBC Sport provided further detail on the clashes and protests that occurred in Catalonia, adding that "Sunday's match went ahead only after Spanish league chiefs refused to postpone it."
Barca's statement said the decision to play the fixture behind closed doors was undertaken because of the "exceptional nature of events," per the Press Association:
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Barcelona issued a strong statement as they confirmed their LaLiga clash with Las Palmas would go ahead https://t.co/woSoPgBHt22017-10-1 14:22:56
Vilarrubi's official Barcelona bio detailed his position as vice-president "in charge of the club's area of institutional and international relations." The 63-year-old isn't likely to be the only Barca board member who takes umbrage with Sunday's events.
BBC Sport reported the Spanish police made use of batons and rubber bullets against protesters, which left at least 337 people injured, per figures reported by Catalan emergency services.
Guardian political columnist Owen Jones tweeted video of firefighters attempting to protect voters, although even they were "beat up" by police:
Owen Jones🌹 @OwenJones84
The Spanish police are now beating up Catalan firefighters. This is an absolute shocker. #CatalanReferendum https://t.co/zJeTATJQxJ2017-10-1 13:24:42
Vilarrubi's resignation prior to Sunday's closed-off encounter stands as a statement against the way in which Sunday's events were handled, with Catalan's greatest sport powerhouse playing some part in the political script.