Sport Racing Santander speak to the referee after refusing to contest their Copa del Rey quarter-final due to unpaid wages

They lined up on the pitch against Real Sociedad, but then refused to contest the ball

Lake escape: the Hotel Lenno in Italy

Travel deals - UK spa breaks, Barcelona, and skiing in the Dolomites

Deals of the week

Under £200... Recuperate on a UK spa break

Secret Escapes offers a range of day spa breaks in the UK. Examples include access to The Malvern Spa in Worcestershire for £65 per guest, with a 30-minute treatment, use of the spa and a light lunch between now and March, when booked by tomorrow. secretescapes.com

The Spanish government has rejected a call by the country's regional government of Catalonia to hold a referendum on independence next year

No, Mas: Spain rejects Catalan call for independence

PM, Mariano Rajoy, had previously warned Catalans not to follow Scotland’s example

Celtic manager Neil Lennon watches on as his side slump to a 6-1 defeat at Barcelona

Barcelona 6 Celtic 1: 'Players didn't do their job' claims manager Neil Lennon after heaviest European defeat since 2005

Lennon saw Celtic ship six goals, which included a Neymar hat-trick, before Georgios Samaras scored a late consolation

English lesson: The hope is that Gerard Deulofeu will improve by competing in a strong Premier League against good defenders

Gerard Deulofeu - Why Barcelona chose Everton to educate their latest prodigy

Premier League seen as the perfect place for on-loan winger Gerard Deulofeu to mature into a star

Pregnant British tourist dies whilst waiting for plane at Spanish airport

A pregnant British tourist has died at a Spanish airport as she waited to return back to England.

Lionel Messi's toughest game – with the Spanish taxman

Barcelona star in court over claims he defrauded authorities of millions of euros

Postcard from... Madrid

Fact file: Oscar Garcia

Brighton and Hove Albion's new head coach Oscar Garcia has had an interesting career to date, including a playing career spent entirely in Spain and a management career that has included a stint in Israel.

Manchester United lhave made a second bid for Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas

Transfer news: David Moyes confirms Manchester United have made a £30m bid for Cesc Fabregas - but Barcelona set to turn it down

Moyes confirms second bid despite Barcelona insisting that the midfielder will not be sold under any circumstances

Tito Vilanova (left) took over from Pep Guardiola in June

Tito Vilanova leaves Barcelona: A profile of his time at the Nou Camp

A look at the Barcelona coach's reign at the Nou Camp

Cesc Fabregas
Jorge Lorenzo in action at the Sachsenring before he suffered his crash

MotoGP: Reigning World Champion Jorge Lorenzo suffers second heavy crash in as many races

The Yamaha rider was thrown from his bike and landed on his already damaged left shoulder

Wayne Rooney

Neymar encourages Wayne Rooney to leave Manchester United and transfer to Barcelona

Barcelona’s latest star signing, Neymar, has encouraged Wayne Rooney to play his football at the Camp Nou next season.

Former Spanish footballer Oscar Garcia looks set to be named as new Brighton and Hove Albion manager

Oscar Garcia fact file

A look at the former Spanish midfielder's career to date

Former Spanish footballer Oscar Garcia looks set to be named as new Brighton and Hove Albion manager

Brighton and Hove Albion set to name Oscar Garcia as Gus Poyet's successor

Spanish football expert Guillem Balague announces news on Twitter although the club have made no comment regarding the rumours

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee