Basque militants ETA to disarm, drawing line under decades of conflict

By Sonya Dowsett and Isla Binnie MADRID, Apr 8 : Basque militant group ETA is to surrender its weapons to authorities today, drawing a line under more than four decades of armed struggle that gained it notoriety as one of Europe’s most intractable separatist movements. The orchestrated handover in the French city of Bayonne will […]

Spanish League to investigate Eldense match-fixing claims

By Rik Sharma MADRID, Apr 3 : Barcelona B’s 12-0 victory over Eldense in Segunda B on Saturday will be investigated by the Spanish League following match-fixing allegations, La Liga president Javier Tebas said today. Tebas said the inquiry had been requested by Eldense’s board of directors following the defeat which relegated the Alicante-based club […]

Spanish Socialist heavyweight Diaz to run in divisive primaries

By Inmaculada Sanz MADRID, Mar 26 : An influential regional leader in Spain’s Socialist party, Susana Diaz, threw her hat in the ring today to lead the centre-left force before a primary that could hold the key for the country’s political stability. Diaz, seen as more amenable to striking deals with the government, will face […]

Date set for Messi appeal against tax fraud sentence

By Richard Martin BARCELONA, Mar 24 : Spain’s Supreme Court will consider Barcelona talisman Lionel Messi’s appeal against a 21-month prison sentence for tax fraud on April 20, a court spokesperson said today. That date is three days before the “Clasico” between Barca and Real Madrid which could go a long way to deciding this […]

Messi double helps Barca to beat persistent Valencia

By Richard Martin BARCELONA, Mar 19 : Lionel Messi scored twice as La Liga champions Barcelona saw off a persistent Valencia side, who had Eliaquim Mangala sent off in the first half, to win 4-2 today and stay on the heels of leaders Real Madrid. Manchester City loanee Mangala stunned the Nou Camp by heading […]