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Playerswerealsoaffectedbytheriseinregionalsentiment.The Bilbaogoalkeeper,JoseAngelIn'barwasapopularfigurealloverSpain, yethewasnotafraidtovoicehisopinionoftheBasqueissue:'Ispeak Basque,mywife,mychildrenandmyparentsspeakBasque.Itisour language.Nowitseemsthereisarenaissanceandpeoplearerealizing whattheyshouldholdontoandeverydaymorepeoplespeakBasque' (Cuadernosparaeldialogo1971).ItwasthesameIn'barwho encouragedtheAtleticoBilbaoteamtowearblackarmbandsinrespect fortwomembersofETAwhowereexecutedafteramilitaryhearing, whichwasrumouredtohavebeenrigged,inSeptember1975.Theblack armbandssymbolizedthepolitical,nationalisticstancedisplayedbythe Basqueclubsthroughoutthetransitiontodemocracy.