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Proud Pique a lightning rod in Catalonia chaos

Barcelona star Gerard Pique's tears of sadness and the vast empty stands as his team reluctantly played were two of the defining images of a violence-scarred independence referendum in Catalonia.

Empty stadium was in defiance, not for safety concerns – Barca president

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu said the club decided to play against Las Palmas behind closed doors to show opposition to police violence against voters in Catalonia, not over safety concerns.

Barcelona game should have been called off – Pep Guardiola

Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, has expressed his disappointment that Barcelona were made to play Las Palmas behind closed doors on Sunday.

Who is ‘Catalan President’ Carles Puigdemont?

At the University of Girona, Puigdemont studied Catalan philosophy. But he dropped out of university to become a full-time journalist.

‘Yes’ wins Catalonia independence vote marred by chaos

Catalonia's regional leader opened the door to a unilateral declaration of independence from Spain after voters defied a violent police crackdown and voted 90 percent in favour of breaking away.

Gerard Pique says ready to quit Spain over Catalan ‘vote’

Barcelona defender Gerard Pique admits he is ready to quit the Spanish national team having offered his support for Catalan independence.

Catalan leader threatens independence after chaotic vote

Catalonia's overwhelming vote for independence looked set to increase tensions between Madrid and the powerful region after a defiant referendum marred by violence.

We’ve won the right to statehood – Catalonia’s Puigdemont

Carles Puigdemont, Catalan leader, says the Spanish region has won the right to statehood following a referendum that was marred by violence.

Barca win behind closed doors amid Catalonia clashes

Lionel Messi scored twice as Barcelona beat Las Palmas 3-0 in a match played behind closed doors after the Spanish league refused Barca's plea to postpone the game on the day of the highly-charged Catalonia referendum.

Scores injured as riot police crack down on banned Catalan vote

Spanish riot police used batons and rubber bullets to storm polling stations in Catalonia on Sunday, triggering clashes as thousands turned out to vote in an independence referendum banned by Madrid.

Catalonia referendum: Who are the Catalans?

The Catalans are the people who live in the "Paisos Catalans", or Catalan Countries, which include Valencia, the Balearic Islands, parts of the Spanish region of Aragon, Roussillon in southeastern France and, Catalonia itself.

Crunch time as Catalonia holds independence vote

Hundreds of people started gathering at polling stations in Catalonia early Sunday to vote in an independence referendum, saying they would defend their right to take part in a ballot banned by the central government in Madrid.

Police seize ballot boxes at Catalan polling stations

Police seized ballot boxes and ballot papers on Sunday that were to be used in an independence referendum in Catalonia deemed illegal by Madrid, Spain’s interior ministry said.

Police seal off 1,300 polling stations in Catalonia, resistance continues

Police in Catalonia had already sealed over half of the 2,315 polling stations in the region mid-Saturday to stop an independence referendum from taking place, the Spanish government said, as separatists remained determined to fight for their right to vote.

Catalan separatists determined to hold independence vote

Catalan separatists showed determination Saturday to press ahead with an independence referendum banned by Madrid, occupying dozens of schools designated as polling stations to stop police from closing them down.

Judge orders Google to pull mobile app on Catalonia referendum

Google must take down a mobile phone app that tells Catalan voters where they could vote for Sunday’s independence referendum, a judge has ordered.

Referendum: Catalans occupy polling stations

With about 24 hours to the historic Catalan independence referendum, supporters of the move began occupying polling stations on Friday, setting up a possible confrontation with the police.

Pique issues rallying cry for Catalan vote

Barcelona's Camp Nou will attract worldwide attention for politics rather than football on a day of huge significance for Catalonia's future on Sunday.

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