Spanish giants FC Barcelona may someday ply their trade in the English Premier League, if the Catalonian quest for independence becomes a reality.

A referendum is set to be held on Sunday, with citizens of the region to vote if they wish to secede from Spain.

Spain has however declared the referendum as illegal, and there are reports that the La Liga could bar Catalan clubs from competing if the secession indeed happens.

La Liga president Javier Tebas said: “In sport, it isn’t a la carte and things must be clearly stated.

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“It isn’t easy to have an agreement and study Spanish legislation but if they (Catalan clubs) do get that, then they will not be able to play in Spain’s La Liga, but I hope it doesn’t come to that.”

Catalonia’s Minister for Sport, Gerard Fiueras said: “In the case of independence, Catalan teams in La Liga – Barcelona, Espanyol and Girona – will have to decide where they want to play: in the Spanish league or a neighbouring country: Italy, France or the Premier League.

“Now in Spain there teams from other countries who play in national leagues: clubs from Andorra in football and basketball. Monaco play in France, in England Welsh clubs.

“I don’t think that UEFA has anything against seeing another club play in a different league from their country.”

Supporting the secession include former Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola and Spain defender Gerard Pique. 

Barcelona last month took the public step of backing the vote, aware it has the support of a huge amount of their fan base.

A club statement said: “FC Barcelona, in holding the utmost respect for its diverse body of members, will continue to support the will of the majority of Catalan people, and will do so in a civil, peaceful, and exemplary way.”