FC Barcelona not allowed to practice on National Mall

SHARE FC Barcelona not allowed to practice on National Mall

If FC Barcelona comes out a little rusty in today’s match against Manchester United, they’ll be able to blame it on a vigilant U.S. Parks police officer.

The UEFA Champions League winners tried to get an impromptu practice session going Thursday on the National Mall in Washington, DC. But not even the world’s best soccer club is immune from the rules prohibiting such congregation near the White House.

They got the old heave-ho and filed back on the team bus, presumably to find a less restrictive patch of grass to practice upon.

“Security said you couldn’t have a group of more than 10 or 15 there,” midfielder Xavi said. “We wanted to loosen up a little, stretch… Given that the White House was near so it was normal security, nothing more.”

The Latest
Voting, supporting election workers and fighting back against the Big Lie are part of saving our “grand experiment.”
Officials responded to a call of multiple people shot about 12:20 a.m. in the 6500 block of South Martin Luther King Drive.
We cannot live together as a community unless we accord others the same respect we ask for ourselves.
The boy suffered gunshot wounds to the ankle and buttocks. He was taken to Comers Children’s Hospital in good condition.