Before the match began, Espanyol fans unfurled a pair of banners — one depicting a couple of Subbuteo pieces with the one wearing an Espanyol kit labeled as "local" and the one wearing a Barca kit as "tourist." Underneath that, a companion banner read "Welcome to Barcelona" — a reference to Man City's famous "Welcome to Manchester" billboard when Carlos Tevez joined the club from Man United.
Espanyol supporters taking issue with their larger neighbors' foreignness is nothing new, though. In 2012, they held up a banner that read "Qatar is not Catalonia" after Barca signed a sponsorship deal with the Qatar Foundation.
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