Thiago saddened by Pique abuse at Spain training session

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Thiago Alcantara was saddened by Spain fans abusing Gerard Pique at an open training session on Monday night, but said the Barcelona defender was unaffected by the incident. Pique voted in the illegal independence referendum in Catalonia and criticized the Spanish government for trying to shut it down violently, angering some Spain fans. A large group of supporters jeered and insulted the Catalan center back during a short training session at Las Rozas on Monday. ...

Catalan referendum and its implications for the EU

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

The democratic and humane values of the European Union (EU) are being put to test and may even threaten the integrity of the bloc, following the referendum by people of Catalonia, who recently voted in favor of their province’s independence from Spain. Europe faces this challenge at a time of continuing economic decline and growing influx of refugees, which in turn has fueled right-wing extremism in major countries such as in France and Germany.Also read: Catalan govt says ...

Catalan govt says independence wins with 90 percent of votes

Monday, 2 October 2017

Catalonia’s government said Monday that 90 percent of those who voted in an independence referendum banned by Madrid chose to split from Spain. In a press briefing, regional government spokesman Jordi Turull said 2.02 million Catalans voted “yes” to the question: “Do you want Catalonia to become an independent state in the form of a republic?” Also read: Kurdish unilateral independence and a deadly impasse He added 2.26 million people took part. Meanwhile, ...

Over 840 people injured in Catalonia during referendum

Monday, 2 October 2017

Some 844 people have been injured in disturbances across Catalonia on Sunday, the regional government said, as riot police clashed with people who had gathered for a banned referendum on the region's independence from Spain. The Catalan government said around 2.26 million people had cast a ballot in a banned referendum to leave Spain on Sunday and 90 percent of them had voted in favor of secession. This represents a turnout of around 42.3 percent of Catalonia's 5.34 million voters.

Bartomeu considers prospect of Barcelona future outside Spain

Monday, 2 October 2017

Barcelona and its members would have to decide which soccer league to play in if Catalonia gained independence from Spain, club president Josep Maria Bartomeu said on Monday. The Catalan club played behind closed doors at the Nou Camp on Sunday, beating Las Palmas 3-0 in La Liga, as a protest against Spain using force to prevent voters taking part in a banned referendum to decide the region’s fate. More than 840 people needed medical attention after riot police ...

Barca coach Valverde blames Dembele inexperience for injury

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde believes Ousmane Dembele’s inexperience was partly to blame for the hamstring injury which will keep him out for around four months. The 20-year-old France winger backheeled the ball while running at speed in the 25th minute of Barca’s 2-1 win at Getafe in La Liga on Saturday and immediately pulled up injured. Dembele, who joined the club from Borussia Dortmund for 105 million euros ($125.22 million) in the close season, was ...

Paulinho saves Barca against plucky Getafe

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Barcelona snatched a late 2-1 win at Getafe with Paulinho’s strike sending them seven points clear of arch-rivals Real Madrid at the top of La Liga on Saturday. The Brazilian midfielder’s signing was widely criticized by supporters but he ran on to Lionel Messi’s pass, drove into the area and fired home with six minutes remaining to preserve Barcelona’s 100 percent record in the league. Later Atletico Madrid celebrated the inauguration of their ...

WATCH: Moroccan involved in Barcelona attack escapes with fleeing civilians

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

A video has surfaced showing scared civilians escaping a mall in Barcelona following terror attack on August 17. The woman who filmed the video can be heard frequently asking those running away what had happened. In the attack, a Moroccan man ploughed a van into dozens of people in Las Ramblas, Barcelona, killing 14 and leaving over 100 injured. Also read: Barcelona attack: 14 dead, over 100 injured; ISIS claims responsibility What was rather shocking in the video – aired Tuesday on ...

Messi leads Barca rout of Juventus

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

A mesmeric Lionel Messi scored twice as he inspired Barcelona to a 3-0 win over Juventus to get off to a flying start in Champions League Group D on Tuesday avenging last season’s quarter-final elimination by the Italian champions. Messi broke the deadlock on the stroke of halftime by playing a slick one-two off Luis Suarez and arrowing the ball beyond Gianluigi Buffon, finally getting the better of the veteran Italian in his fourth game against him. The Argentine ...

Ready-to-use explosives found in Paris suburb

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Homemade explosives ready for use were found Wednesday in an unoccupied flat near Paris, judicial sources said.Gas canisters and electric wiring were also found in the flat in Villejuif, a suburb south of the French capital, and two men were arrested nearby, the sources said.The explosive, known by the initials of TATP, is notoriously used by ISIS, which has repeatedly targeted France in recent years.Police also found ingredients that can be used to produce TATP as well as papers written in ...

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