Imagine if David Cameron decided that people in Humberside could no longer use the Yorkshire dialect and you have the English version of General Francisco Franco who suppressed the Catalan language in the Catalonia region of Spain from 1939 till 1975. Catalonia is an interesting place where rugby league is now played in both of the Spanish/French areas.
The success of rugby league in this area is mainly down to Catalans Dragons being in the European Super League. However 'Els Dracs' (as they're known in Catalonia) arenít the 'be-all and end-all' of rugby league in that part of the world. This was demonstrated when Catalonia beat the Czech Republic in a match played prior to the Catalans Dragons vs Warrington Wolves Super League game.
Rugby league also gets played at a lower level in Barcelona in the form of Barcelona Universitari Club, Universitat AutÚnoma de Barcelona and a few others. However, I find it saddening that The Challenge Cup Final has been played in Yorkshire, Lancashire, London, Scotland and Wales but surprisingly never in Catalonia. I feel that this part of the world deserves to host our sports most prestigious event.
Now The Stade de France would probably be the RFL's choice if the challenge cup final was to be moved abroad. However the locals of Paris donít care about rugby league, as history has taught us time and time again.
Personally Iíd like to see the challenge cup final to be played at Barcelonaís Nou Camp; the largest stadium in Europe, and that rugby league fans and Catalonians alike could fill up. Weíd make it a celebration of both the sport and the culture that thrives in this area.
It can only do good for the sport.