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Thierry Henry: Catalunya is not Spain

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Thierry Henry has provoked the wrath of millions by stating that Catalunya does not feel Spanish, a word that will please the Barcelona faithful though.

The Frenchman is the latest player to become involved in the controversial subject of regional nationalism in Spain, which is a very sensitive issue in the country.

Nationalists in Catalunya demand greater autonomy from Spanish capital Madrid, despite a series of concessions to the regions which gives them a high degree of self-governance.

And after more than 18 months in the Catalan capital, Henry has become a firm believer in the Barcelona philosophy.

He told La Vanguardia: "What I believe is this: Catalunya is not Spain, it is something else and you have to feel it.

"Barça is another story. When you come here from Arsenal and there are so many people it is very surprising.

"You have to live it to understand it. England is another mentality."

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