Pep Guardiola leads tribute to victims of Barcelona attack

Barcelona To Pay Tribute To Terror Victims In LaLiga Opener

Barcelona To Pay Tribute To Terror Victims In LaLiga Opener

The starting players will have the city's name "Barcelona" in place of their names on the backs of the jerseys, and the front of the shirts will be embroidered with the hashtag TotsSomBarcelona (We are all Barcelona).

Thirteen people were killed and more than 100 others injured on Thursday when a van mowed down pedestrians in an attack claimed by the Islamic State terror organisation, reports Efe news agency.

Pep Guardiola has expressed his sorrow for the victims of Thursday's terrorist attack in his home city of Barcelona.

Added to that, Betis have won just once in their last five league matches and now find themselves in the midst of a malaise that needs curing should they wish to avoid relegation for another season.

Regional police chief Josep Lluis Trapero said "if we knew that he was in Spain and where, we would go after him".

After the attack, the team's star player, Lionel Messi, posted on Instagram: "I want to send my condolences and all my support to the families and friends of the victims of the bad attack in our beloved Barcelona, as well as rejecting totally any act of violence".

"But it is something you can't control and we can't hide".

Barca's archrival Real Madrid tweeted a photo of their team holding a moment of silence at their training camp Friday, as did Spanish clubs Espanyol (which is based in Barcelona), Levante, Granada, Real Mallorca, and Girona.

An emotional minute's silence was held before the game as the music of Catalan cellist Pau Casals played in the background.

The English Football League has also announced that all 72 teams playing this weekends will be joining in by wearing black armbands.

Uruguayan forward Luis Suárez was among the Barcelona players to express his sympathies on Twitter with the post: "Very shocked for what happened in Barcelona".

"We love Barcelona and we don't want to miss this game", father Gerard said, adding that he bought the tickets as an anniversary present for his wife.

Both goals came after plays started by Gerard Deulofeu, one of the players expected to try to replace Neymar after his world record transfer to Paris Saint-Germain. Betis aren't going to just lie down, though, and they've got the ability to scrap with anyone - if Barcelona start slow against their visitors, they could be in for even more blows to their confidence.

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