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

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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

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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

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

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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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