Real Madrid, Barcelona fc match fixing claims

Spanish police are investigating claims by a linesman that he was told to favour Real Madrid over Barcelona in next month’s El Clásico. The assistant referee, who declined to be named for fear of reprisals, made a formal complaint to the specialised anti-corruption prosecutor in which he claimed that he was pressurised by La Liga’s refereeing committee. In papers filed to a court, which were published by L’Esportiu, a Catalan newspaper, the official claims that Continue reading Real Madrid, Barcelona fc match fixing claims

Almeria “to do what it takes” to get an IKEA

Almeria city is ready to “do what it takes” to get an IKEA says the council, although the original Spanish headline I read was more along the lines of separating knees… ahe hem. Land, permits and a big smile are all on the table ready from the Swedes if they deign to pop by. They’ve been trying to open in Granada or Valencia but have been having problems, so Almeria is trying to grab the Continue reading Almeria “to do what it takes” to get an IKEA

First jailed for animal cruelty

Some b*stard in Palma beat his horse to death after he lost a horse race in Manacor, Palma de Mallorca. And a Judge has ruled he must now serve his eight months in jail. He’s the first person ever to serve jail time for animal cruelty in Spain. Sorky the horse lost a 2012 race, and shortly afterwards the man whipped it to death in the stables at the racecourse. A horrified vet denounced him Continue reading First jailed for animal cruelty

Tortoise sanctuary plans dropped for a second time

The planned tortoise sanctuary in Cuevas del Alamanzora has again been put on hold. The national government had planned to expropriate 500 ha of land which would have closed farms, a campsite, two quarries and eleven homes. The plans were dropped earlier this year in favour of a new plan slightly off to the right. This plan has now been dropped after more complaints. A third plan is being mooted to put the sanctuary over Continue reading Tortoise sanctuary plans dropped for a second time