MADRID (AP) -- The president of La Liga says Catalan clubs like Barcelona and Espanyol would be excluded from Spain's top tier should the region succeed in its push for independence from Spain.
Javier Tebas said the country's sports law entitles only one non-Spanish territory -- Andorra -- to legally participate in the league or other official competitions.
The pro-independence government of Catalonia is pushing for a referendum to see how many of the wealthy region's inhabitants would like to secede. The plan is overwhelmingly opposed by Spain's parliament.
However, the fact that Andorra -- a tiny state straddling the Pyrenees Mountains -- is allowed to play in the league creates a precedent that could permit the Catalan clubs' eventual inclusion.
It would require an act of Parliament, Tebas said on Tuesday.