Leeds United coach Thomas Christiansen tells of sadness at bloodshed in Barcelona

Thomas Christiansen.
Thomas Christiansen.

Leeds United head coach Thomas Christiansen today spoke of his sadness at the terror attack on Barcelona and urged the people of Spain to stay strong in the face of hatred.

Christiansen had a spell as a player with FC Barcelona in the 1990s and members of his family were in the city around the time of yesterday’s attack.

Speaking at a press conference ahead of United’s game against Sunderland tomorrow, he said: “From here, my condolences to all the affected people in Barcelona. It’s a sad moment but in this moment everyone has to be brave.

“Don’t let them beat you in these situations but fight for the freedom that everyone deserves.

“Enjoy this life that we all have in the best way possible.

“I’m very sad and I want to give all my support to the Spanish people and the people of Barcelona.

“We have family there and they went there two days ago. Just a few hours [earlier] they passed by [the site of the attack]. We were lucky.

“Some people cannot say that and I’m very sad about that. Everyone has to be strong and together.”

Leeds Civic Hall will be lit up in the colours of the Spanish flag this weekend as the city shows its solidarity with Barcelona and its residents.

Flags will also fly at half mast on the Civic Hall and Leeds Town Hall.

Leeds City Council leader Coun Judith Blake said: “I am deeply saddened by these awful events in Barcelona and our condolences and thoughts are with all those affected.

“On behalf of everyone in Leeds, I would like to offer our fullest support to the city of Barcelona and the people of Spain.”