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Barcelona changed their center circle to celebrate International Women’s Day

Despite its financial difficulties, Barcelona has maintained its commitment to having a top women’s squad. 

On International Women’s Day, the club transformed the center circle at Camp Nou into the female emblem to highlight its efforts to broaden its “more than a club” message and bring more female athletes to the forefront. 

The first battle to be won is for all female players in the Spanish league to be treated equally to the elite clubs. 

Last year, the Spanish government approved the professionalization of the women’s league, but clubs have yet to agree on the competition’s rules. 

Players planned to strike last fall to protest the perilous conditions at some clubs, despite Barcelona, Real Madrid, and Atlético Madrid investing in their women’s teams. 

The protest was sparked by an event in which an injured Rayo Vallecano player had to be treated by an opponent club’s doctor because her side did not have a doctor present at the game. 

FC Barcelona, a firm believer in equality, diversity, and inclusion, plans to commemorate International Women’s Day on March 8 this year with an effort highlighting the importance of women’s presence in sports. For the first time in the club’s history, the pitch markings at its facilities were used to construct a sign to symbolize women. 

Barca’s idea, dubbed ‘The line that doesn’t divide, but unites,’ is simple but profound: create the Venus symbol at their facilities, which consists of a central circle and a cross below, utilizing the center circles on the field of play and adding a line perpendicular to the one that divides the two halves. 

As a result, on March 8, Camp Nou, the Estadi Johan Cruyff, the Ciutat Esportiva’s training pitches, and the Palau Blaugrana will all display this sign. Alexia Putellas, Pedri, and Lex Abrines, as representatives of the Club’s athletes, lent their support to the initiative.

The three Barça players helped paint the line at Camp Nou, the Estadi Johan Cruyff, and the Palau, which Barca intends to use to promote and publicize the role of women in sport.

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