Bayern coach Pep Guardiola backs Catalan independence push

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Posted: Jul 22, 2015 10:31 AM
Bayern coach Pep Guardiola backs Catalan independence push

MADRID (AP) — Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola has thrown his support behind a push for Catalonia's independence from Spain by taking a symbolic place on a list of pro-secession candidates.

Guardiola told reporters on Wednesday in China, where his team is on a pre-season tour, that he had been asked to do so by the region's two man parties as they prepare for Sept. 27 regional elections.

Guardiola, a native of Catalonia, was a star player and coach of Barcelona, a team symbolic of Catalan nationalism.

Catalonia's Convergence and the Republican Left parties want the elections to be a vote on independence and say they will unilaterally leave Spain if they obtain a majority.

Spain has ruled out any possibility of secession.