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→
The new mayor of Barcelona has been accused of conducting a historical witch hunt after banning memorial services for supporters of General Franco, which have taken place since the 1940s. About 100 supporters of the nationalist uprising led by Franco in 1936 were shot by firing squad in Barcelona on the orders of the left-wing Republican government. The Catholic Mass was due to be held tomorrow, the anniversary of the start of the Spanish civil Continue reading Anger as mass for General Franco banned→
The 13 year old who recently killed his teacher with a crossbow in Barcelona will not be tried for the murder after a Judge ruled he was under the age of criminal responsibility. The Judge ordered that all materials seized from the child, such as his laptop and phone, be returned at once and refused to implicate anyone else in the matter. The Judge said he was satisfied that the child acted alone in the Continue reading Kid who killed school teacher in Barcelona “not a matter for the courts”→
Men from Tarragona (tarraconenses) have the worst semen in Spain, and a Judge has decided to find out why (after much prodding). It’s believed that the heavy industry and decades of pollution have left 53% of all tarraconenses with damaged sperm, as measured by the WHO regulations on such matters. Environmental group L’Escurçó filed a complaint back in 2010, and it’s twice been filed away by Judges who ruled that it wasn’t within their jurisdiction, Continue reading Judge investigates why Tarragona men are “firing blanks” in the pants department→
There has been outrage today as plans to build one of the world’s largest mosques in Barcelona city centre were unveiled. The plan is to rebuild the iconic (and now unused) bullring in the centre of the city. Tamim bin Hamad Al Zani, the Jefe in chief of Qatar, who also sponsors Barça, the local football team, has offered the eye watering amount of 2,2 billion euros to build the mosque.
Más of Catalonia warned last night that he refuses to rule out the possibility of “unilateral independence” for the region if Madrid continues to refuse to discuss greater autonomy for Barcelona. “It’s not our first option, or the best one, nor the one we want. But it is still our last resort” he warned Madrid. Más announced on Thursday that he would call a referendum on greater autonomy for the region in November, against the Continue reading “Unilateral independence still on the cards” warns Catalan President→
Barcelona city council, having banned bullfighting back in 2012, is going a step further and banning the simulation of bull fighting, as well as all festivals involving bulls. The prohibition means that mock bull fights which involve teasing or distressing the animal are banned, as are corridas or any public spectacle which involves the death of the animal. Also banned are those traditional implements of torture used during the bullfight, la pica, la banderilla and Continue reading Barcelona bans all bullfight related festivals→
A pensioner called Miguel R. in Barcelona has been fined 160,000 euros by the city for putting up 300 “work wanted” posters around the city.
Back in 2007, Jaume Fíguls parked his van in a bus lane whilst he carried a delivery into a shop. When he came out, he’d been ticketed. Fair enough. Never thought anything more of it, and never received a fine, either. Until last week, when it turned up. 7 years later.
Mariano Rajoy delivered a furious speech today in Barcelona, during which he said he would NOT permit a referendum on Catalan autonomy, said any such referendum was ILLEGAL, would NOT permit any actions that would lead to a breakup of Spain, would TAKE ACTION against anyone who tried hold a referendum and would NOT enter into any discussions on the matter.