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Rafa Nadal: It makes me want to cry when I see my country in this situation

In Beijing to play the Open, Rafael Nadal has expressed his sadness at how his country has become divided over the issue of voting in the Catalan referendum.

On Sunday, there were brutal scenes played out at various cities in Catalonia, and though the vote still went ahead, the ramifications will be felt for some while yet.

“I personally feel like crying when I see that in a country where we have known how to live together and be a good example around the world,” Nadal said to reporters.

“The situation that we saw on Sunday… I think that the image [of Spain]we have transmitted is very negative.

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“To see the society in general, not only the Catalans, so radicalised… I am surprised and disappointed.

Nadal suggested the way forward was dialogue rather than violence.

“The only way is to speak, talk between the parties in conflict and try to reach agreement,” he continued.

“In the end, we will be living together for the rest of our lives.

“It is not the moment to look for guilty, although there are.

“There have been people who wanted to manipulate information, which has generated a chaos that should not happen in the century that we live in.

“I’m heartbroken.”

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