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Spain PM asks Catalan leaders to admit referendum ‘won’t happen’

Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy asked Catalan separatist leaders Saturday to own up that they can't hold an outlawed independence referendum after a crackdown dealt them a serious blow this week.

Spanish police arrest top aide to Catalan VP

Spain’s Guardia Civil police force on Wednesday arrested the Catalan vice-president’s right-hand man, police and Catalonia’s regional government said.

Spain seizes more Catalan referendum posters, summons mayors

Spanish police on Monday seized more than 100,000 posters promoting a planned independence referendum in Catalonia, while prosecutors summoned mayors who have agreed to help hold the disputed vote.

Barcelona confirms Dembele out for four months

Barcelona have confirmed that Ousmane Dembele will miss up to four months with a hamstring injury.

Defiant Catalan mayors back independence referendum

More than 700 mayors from across Spain's autonomous Catalonia region have gathered in Barcelona to confirm their support for a October 1 independence referendum that the central government has declared illegal.

Spain threatens to arrest over 700 Catalan pro-referendum mayors

Spain's public prosecutor on Wednesday ordered a criminal probe of over 700 Catalan mayors who are cooperating with an October 1 independence referendum deemed illegal by Madrid.

Nadal speaks out against Catalan independence

Spanish tennis world number one Rafael Nadal has criticised plans for an independence referendum called by Catalonia’s pro-separatist government for October 1.

Spain’s Champions League reign under threat

Neymar and Kylian Mbappe headline free-spending Paris Saint-Germain's quest to knock Real Madrid off their perch as the Champions League group stages begin on Tuesday under the shadow of infighting at the top of the European game.

Catalonia’s Puigdemont vows to see through independence vote

The president of Spain's Catalonia region has called for mass demonstrations next week, vowing to press ahead with an independence referendum - a move that the central government in Madrid insists would be illegal.

Spanish court suspends Catalonia’s independence vote

Spain's constitutional court has suspended the call for a referendum on Catalonia's independence after agreeing to review an appeal by central authorities in Madrid.

Neymar blasts Barcelona board for suing him

Neymar, ​PSG striker and ​the world’s most expensive footballer, has ​lambasted FC Barcelona chiefs​.

Hacked Barca Twitter account ‘announces Di Maria signing’

Barcelona have confirmed their Twitter account was hacked after a message appeared to announce the signing of Angel di Maria from Paris Saint-Germain.

Police beef up security for Barca’s emotive La Liga opener

A huge security presence on Sunday will oversee Barcelona’s first match since two terror attacks in Catalonia killed 14 people and left 120 more injured.

Beaten Barcelona have to buy – Busquets

Barcelona have to strengthen a squad depleted by the departure of Neymar, influential midfielder Sergio Busquets admitted after the Catalans suffered a 3-1 home defeat to rivals Real Madrid in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup on Sunday.

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