Must make Catalonia feel we really want them: Nadal
Rafael Nadal said being a Spaniard he was worried about the Catalan independence referendum Photograph: (Reuters)
Spanish tennis champion Rafael Nadal waded into the Catalan independence referendum controversy even as a Spanish court suspended a Catalan law which set a framework for an independent state.
Nadal who recently won the US Open said being a Spaniard he was worried about the Catalan independence referendum, scheduled for October 1.
"I feel like all Spaniards should feel, worried because there is a conflict that needs to be resolved and at the moment the solution seems complicated or, at least, not friendly. Let's hope things can be fixed," the US Open champion said.
Spain has declared the Catalan referendum illegal and challenged it in court. The Constitutional Court in Spain has suspended a law approving the October 1 referendum.
Nadal voiced his opinion about the impending referendum which has divided the country.
"This is evidently an extreme situation and things must be resolved. Both sides must make and effort and one can't just take unilateral decisions and from the other side we have to make Catalonia feel that we really want them and that we want them to be what they are, part of Spain."