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

Spanish racists increase attacks

RACISTS GANGS in Catalonia are mounting a wave of attacks against African immigrants, copying last week's assault on an ethnic Moroccan community near Barcelona.

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Peter Lehmann Vine Vale Shiraz 1996, pounds 13

Suddenly, Edinburgh has it all

The opening of the Scottish Parliament will bring a welcome injection of new faces, talent, gossip and money, writes

Obituary: Leandre Cristfol

LEANDRE CRISTOFOL, Spain's last Surrealist sculptor, lived until he was 90 without ever having sold a single work. In spite of being self- taught, he was one of Spain's most important Surrealist artists and a pioneer of abstract sculpture who combined simple materials with revolutionary ideas.

Pilgrims get the stamp of approval for their progress

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The Spanish grapes of wrath

Catalonia's rival makers of the sparkling wine cava are locked in a bitter battle for dominance. Richard Phillips reports from Barcelona

When one region's history is another region's oppression

A lesson from Spain

Letter: Hooray for the honest beggar

Sir: I first visited Barcelona in 1981 and, on emerging from a Metro station, was alarmed to be confronted by a beggar. I smiled smugly to myself and thought, "Well, we don't have that sort of thing in Britain."

Letter: A better way to rule London

Sir: Your report on the mayor of Barcelona makes interesting reading and I am pleased that The Independent used it to highlight the debate about the governance of London.

Dragons do the slaying in a comedy of errors

American football: London Monarchs 7 Barcelona Dragons 9

Aznar sets up pact to take power in Spain

Spain's conservative Popular Party and the Catalan nationalists reached agreement last night on a pact that will enable the PP leader, Jose Maria Aznar, to form a government.

Conservatives gain in Catalan poll

Madrid - Catalonia's veteran nationalist leader, Jordi Pujol, has been unexpectedly stripped of the absolute majority he had enjoyed in the regional parliament since 1984 after voters punished him for his pact with Felipe Gonzalez's scandal-ridden Socialist government in Madrid, writes Elizabeth Nash.

Rallying: McRae has title in his sights

Rallying

Open warfare greets Gonzalez

ELIZABETH NASH

Monarchs slay the Dragons

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They were intended to promote harmony, but have achieved the opposite
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