Ajax's Thulani Serero scores past Barcelona goalkeeper Jose Manuel Pinto

Gerardo Martino and Carles Puyol demand more intensity from Barcelona following shock defeat to Ajax

The Spanish champions lost 2-1 in Amsterdam

The Policing Minister, Damien Green, has been told numbers of banning orders have fallen

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Fewer officers mean banning orders are harder to enforce

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Victor Valdes could be out for six weeks as Barcelona injury list lengthens

Xavi and Cristian Tello are doubts for the weekend, while Lionel Messi is expected to be out until the new year

Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi poses after receiving his Golden Boot 2013 award, presented to Europes best goal scorer of the 2012-2013 season

Lionel Messi awarded Golden Shoe for third time after 46 La Liga goals for Barcelona

The Argentina international, who is currently out injured, was presented with the award today

Barcelona midfielder Xavi pictured ahead of the tie with Bayern Munich

Xavi and Cristian Tello join Lionel Messi on the Barcelona injury list

Concerns for the La Liga champions deepen with latest injuries

Both Barcelona and Lionel Messi's management have rubbished claims of a dispute over his recovery from injury

Lionel Messi injury latest: Barcelona forward refuses to rush return

The Argentina international is expected to be out until 2014

Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi marks 10th anniversary since Barcelona debut

The world player of the year reflects on the beginning of his incredible career at the Nou Camp

Both Barcelona and Lionel Messi's management have rubbished claims of a dispute over his recovery from injury

Rumours of Lionel Messi rift with Barcelona rubbished be representatives of the Argentina international

Messi is being treated by Argentinian doctor Luis Garcia despite him not being employed by the club triggering speculation that the 26-year-old is upset with the Catalan's medical staff

Only one of Cristiano Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic will appear at next year's World Cup finals
Lionel Messi is expected to be out until next year with a hamstring injury

Lionel Messi injury: Barcelona forward says he is working 'full time' to get back to fitness

Argentine is expected to be out until early next year

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi has been urged by team-mate Cesc Fabregas not to rush his return from injury

Lionel Messi injury: Barcelona forward ruled out until 2014 with hamstring tear as team-mate Cesc Fabregas urges him not to rush back before he is fully fit

Messi limped out the action after 22 minutes as his goalless La Liga run stretched to five appearances and he now faces a six-to-eight week spell on the sidelines

Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo (R) celebrates with Real Madrid's Welsh striker Gareth Bale

Cristiano Ronaldo nets hat-trick in Real Madrid rout of Real Sociedad

With Gareth Bale in the side, Carlo Ancelotti's team won 5-1

Ashley Young has been criticised by former Liverpool midfielder Dietmar Hamann

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Former Liverpool player says Suarez has turned a corner, and Young should to

Real Madrid's Welsh striker Gareth Bale (R) celebrates after scoring a goal past Juventus' goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon

With Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid 'are practically assured of three points', claims Iker Casillas

The two most expensive players in the world were on target against Juventus but their side only left with a draw

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