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.