FC Barcelona will make history when they wear their 2013/14 away jersey against Athletic Bilbao at the Camp Nou on Saturday. It will be the first time since the club was founded in 1899 that the team will wear a jersey that features the colors of the Catalan flag, the Senyera.
The club’s Board of Directors received permission from the LFP to wear the kit and have stressed that they are wearing it as a tribute to the 300th anniversary of the Siege of Barcelona.
The decision has caused some controversy, however. National Day of Catalonia was on Thursday, September 11 and some claim the jersey is being worn in support of Catalan independence. Defender Gerard Pique, who is a Barcelona native, was at in Independence Day march with his son sporting the jersey.
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) September 11, 2014
But the club was quick to distance themselves from the issue saying, “The Senyera shirt is not being worn because of the 11 September [National Day] – we are doing it to commemorate the 300th anniversary of the fall of Barcelona at the hands of the troops of Philip V and the French in 1714.”