Barcelona's Gerard Pique booed at Spain training

More than 800 people required medical attention after riot police cracked down on the banned independence referendum regional authorities said

More than 800 people required medical attention after riot police cracked down on the banned independence referendum regional authorities said

Pique has been an outspoken defender of the wealthy north-eastern Spanish region's right to self-determination and cast his vote in the independence referendum on Sunday morning.

Participants in the referendum opted overwhelmingly for independence but turnout was only about 43 per cent as Catalans who favour remaining part of Spain mainly boycotted the ballot.

Speaking during a visit to Aberdeen, Ms Sturgeon said: "I think dialogue now has to replace the kind of confrontation we have seen".

Puigdemont warned that if the Spanish government attempted to intervene and take control of Catalonia's government, it would be "an error which changes everything".

Bartomeu confirmed two directors, vice-president Carles Vilarrubi and Jordi Mones, had resigned following an extraordinary general meeting on Monday. EU member states and the European Commission have expressed no support for the Catalan independence cause, nor has the business world-the region is Spain's industrial hub, after all.

Barcelona, who faced the prospect of a six-point deduction had they not fulfilled their fixture with Las Palmas, are currently five points clear of Sevilla at the top of La Liga having won all seven games so far.

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"None of the professional teams or the youth teams at FC Barcelona will train tomorrow".

The king's speech is unlikely to persuade Puigdemont.

"They have placed themselves totally outside the law and democracy", he said of the Catalan leadership.

Catalan officials said preliminary results showed 90 percent of the 2.26 million who voted were in favor of a split. He told the BBC Catalonia could declare independence from Spain as early as the end of this week.

"Today, Catalan society is fractured", the 49-year-old monarch said in a rare political intervention, referring to the developments as "very serious moments for our democratic life".

The coach said players have the right to express their opinions privately, but have to try to avoid adding to the "unpleasant situation" generated by Catalonia's bid for independence.

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