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Champions League round-up: Messi hits 100th European goal as 10-man Barça win

• Barcelona beat Olympiakos 3-1 despite Gerard Piqué’s first-half sending off• Basel shock CSKA Moscow with a superb 2-0 away victoryLionel Messi scored his 100th European goal as Barcelona maintained their 100 % winning start in Champions League Group…

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Luis Suárez earns a point but Barcelona’s winning start ends at Atlético

Luis Suarez’s 82nd-minute header denied Atlético Madrid a first LaLiga win over Barcelona in seven years.Barca’s perfect start to the league campaign ended with a 1-1 draw in the capital, though they were on course to leave empty-handed when Saúl Ñígue…

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Atlético Madrid v Barcelona: La Liga – live!

La Liga updates from the 7.45pm BST kick-off in MadridGetafe 1-2 Real Madrid: Ronaldo rescues sluggish RealLive scores: keep up with all Saturday’s goals and scorersAnd you can email Niall or tweet @niallmcveigh 7.19pm BST Barcelona’s trip to the Spani…

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Barcelona chief executive talks up January bid for Philippe Coutinho

• ‘We are ready to buy Coutinho in the winter market,’ says Òscar Grau
• Barcelona had three bids, including one of €130m, rejected by Liverpool

The Barcelona chief executive, Òscar Grau, has claimed his club are prepared to make another attempt to sign Philippe Coutinho when the transfer window opens in January.

The Catalan club had three offers for the Brazil international rejected by Liverpool during the summer window, the third worth up to €130m (£116.7m) following Coutinho’s decision to submit a transfer request at Anfield.

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Keep politics out of sport? Don’t make me laugh | Richard Williams

Barcelona’s decision to play last Sunday’s match against Las Palmas in an empty stadium smacked of choosing points over principles, and overlooks the fact that sport has always found room for protest

When it came down to it, FC Barcelona – mes que un club, remember – could not bring themselves to go all in. The threatened loss of six points – three for the defaulted match, three more as a penalty – was enough to persuade them to stage their match against Las Palmas behind locked doors in a deserted Camp Nou, while outside the streets of the city rang with the echoes of violent confrontations between police and voters in an independence referendum ruled illegal by the national government.

The club’s decision was an important one. Barça is a powerful international symbol of Catalan identity. A refusal to play Sunday’s match would have added tinder to the fire of the independence movement. But they compete in a league where their final standing against Real Madrid has been measured in the last three seasons by two points, one point and three points. So they took the safer option, leaving Gerard Piqué who has never made a secret of his Catalan pride, to join up with the Spain squad and face uncomfortable questions about divided loyalties.

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Barcelona captain Andrés Iniesta calls for ‘open dialogue’ over Catalonia crisis

• Spain’s constitutional court suspended session of Catalan parliament
• Iniesta: ‘Do it for all of us, as we deserve to live in peace’

Barcelona have joined the captain, Andrés Iniesta, in calling for dialogue between the Spanish government and leaders in Catalonia to resolve the crisis between the central government and its richest region following the disputed referendum on Sunday.

Heavy-handed tactics employed on Sunday by Spanish police trying to stop the ballot have been widely criticised. The regional government said the police action left more than 840 people needing medical treatment.

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Gerard Piqué: ‘Why can a journalist or a mechanic express themselves but not a footballer?’

The Barcelona and Spain defender talks eloquently about the Catalan referendum and says he is not retiring from international football because that would give satisfaction to the people who ‘whistle and insult’

Gerard Piqué has admitted he considered leaving the Spain team after he was whistled and abused by supporters at a training session on Monday night, but insisted he would not give those fans satisfaction by walking away. The Barcelona defender appealed for respect and dialogue in the wake of Sunday’s Catalan referendum as the political situation grows increasingly tense. He also refused to reveal whether he had voted yes, describing that as the “$1m question”, but did dismiss the popular assumption that he is in favour of independence.

Related: Gerard Piqué jeered by spectators at Spain’s World Cup training session

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Gerard Piqué jeered by spectators at Spain’s World Cup training session

• Spectators aim chants at Catalan centre-back during session in Madrid
• Barcelona president discusses potential future outside of La Liga

Gerard Piqué was targeted by angry Spain fans on Monday when Barcelona’s Catalan defender took part in an open training session with the national team the day after the Catalonia independence referendum.

The centre-back, who voted in the referendum and has criticised police violence against voters which resulted in hundreds of injuries, has long been taunted by Spain fans but Monday’s barrage of insults was particularly severe.

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Barcelona in the strange and symbolic eye of a storm over Catalonia | Sid Lowe

Barcelona’s nuanced identification with Catalonia is part of what gives the club an explicitly socio-political dimension. And that meant this was always going to be more than a match … even if in the end it was less than one

At every Camp Nou game for almost six years now, chants for Catalan independence have gone up when the clock reaches 17 minutes and 14 seconds, commemorating the year the city fell to Felipe V, but not this time – not on the day they were perhaps closer to independence than ever before. This time, Europe’s largest stadium was silent. No fans could be heard, only footballers. Occasionally, the referee’s whistle rang out or somebody clapped yet there were no chants, no songs and no one to sing them. At the side of the pitch where Barcelona played Las Palmas, stewards in orange bibs lined up to keep an eye on stands that had no one in them. Ninety-eight thousand seats sat empty; barely a couple of hundred people were there, and many of those wished they weren’t.

It was late Sunday morning when Barcelona’s international defender Gerard Piqué voted in the referendum on independence called by the Catalan government and declared illegal by the Spanish government and the constitutional courts. He, like many others, had insisted he would vote anyway so he had done, shaking hands with staff at the polling station, smiling and setting off for the stadium. But while that scene was repeated in many places it wasn’t the case everywhere and by the time he left the Camp Nou seven hours later, there were tears in his eyes. So much had happened and so much more could still happen, a future uncertain and scary. Barcelona had won 3-0 but Piqué called it the worst day of his career and the worst thing the state had done in 50 years.

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Emotional Piqué offers to end Spain career after Catalonia violence – video

Barcelona defender Gerard Piqué says he may no longer play for Spain following the violence in Catalonia over the weekend. Piqué, who has over 100 international caps, claims he will end his international career if deemed ‘a problem’ by the Spanish Football Federation after voicing his support for a referendum on Catalan independence

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Barcelona’s Gerard Piqué offers to end Spain career over Catalan turmoil

• Defender says he will make himself unavailable if necessary
• ‘If anyone thinks I’m a nuisance, then I will step aside’

The Barcelona defender Gerard Piqué says he is ready to stand down from Spain duty if he is deemed a “problem” by the national team coach, Julen Lopetegui, or the Spanish Football Federation as a result of his support for Catalan independence.

Piqué made the claim in an emotional interview after Barca’s home match against Las Palmas, which was played behind closed doors as a protest on a day when violent scenes broke out during Catalonia’s unofficial independence referendum.

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Lionel Messi helps Barcelona extend perfect start at empty Camp Nou

• La Liga match was played behind closed doors after violent protests
• Las Palmas had the Spanish flag embroidered on to their match-day shirts

Barcelona continued their 100% start to life in La Liga in bizarre circumstances, beating Las Palmas 3-0 at an empty Camp Nou. The Catalan club had asked for the match to be postponed due to protests in the city over Catalonia’s independence referendum, in which more than 460 people have been injured.

That request was rejected and Barcelona, threatened with a six-point deduction according to club president Josep Maria Bartomeu, took the decision to play the match behind closed doors just 20 minutes before kick-off, leaving thousands of supporters stranded outside. A statement from La Liga said the match should take place as normal because the security and safety of fans had been “guaranteed” by the Catalan police.

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Lionel Messi helps Barcelona extend perfect start at empty Camp Nou

• La Liga match was played behind closed doors after violent protests
• Las Palmas had the Spanish flag embroidered on to their match-day shirts

Barcelona continued their 100% start to life in La Liga in bizarre circumstances, beating Las Palmas 3-0 at an empty Camp Nou. The Catalan club had asked for the match to be postponed due to protests in the city over Catalonia’s independence referendum, in which more than 460 people have been injured.

That request was rejected and Barcelona, threatened with a six-point deduction according to club president Josep Maria Bartomeu, took the decision to play the match behind closed doors just 20 minutes before kick-off, leaving thousands of supporters stranded outside. A statement from La Liga said the match should take place as normal because the security and safety of fans had been “guaranteed” by the Catalan police.

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Barcelona v Las Palmas: La Liga – live!

3.35pm BST

18 min: Luis Suarez plays in Denis Suarez and it’s a beautiful little ball through but it’s just too quick for the latter. Then Vidal goes crashing down in the box but there’s nothing doing there. He lost control of the ball and then took a little tumble.

3.33pm BST

16 min: Las Palmas break on the counterattack through Calleri, who dodges past Pique before supplying Hernan. It all ends rather abruptly and Barcelona go up the other end, with Messi charging towards goal. Then Busquets joins in, but he gets sloppy and loses the ball.

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What might an independent Catalonia mean for FC Barcelona? – video

With the planned Catalonia vote on independence this weekend, what is at stake for the iconic FC Barcelona? Barça’s identity has long been linked to the independence movement, with Gerard Piqué, Pep Guardiola and Real Madrid’s Zinedine Zidane offering their thoughts recently

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Fifa and Uefa accused of being ‘enablers’ of tax evasion in football by MEPs

• European Parliament commission criticises Barcelona over Messi campaign
• Desire to evade tax described as an ‘epidemic’ by Football Leaks journalist

Members of a European Parliament inquiry has accused Fifa and Uefa officials of being “enablers” of a corrupt system that permits players and agents to avoid paying tax, with Barcelona’s social media campaign after Lionel Messi’s conviction for tax fraud described by one MEP as “immoral”.

Part of the European Parliament’s Committee of Inquiry into money laundering, tax avoidance and tax evasion (Pana), the hearing has been prompted by some of the accusations detailed by the website Football Leaks, which has alleged that various players and managers have hidden tens of millions of euros in tax havens around the world.

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European roundup: Barcelona sweep to sixth successive La Liga win

• Barça stay four points clear at top of the league
• Dortmund thrash Gladbach to go two points clear

Barcelona swept past Girona 3-0 for their sixth successive win of the new LaLiga campaign, with two own goals helping their cause.

Francisco Aday and Gorka Iraizoz to put through their own net as the Catalan giants secured a victory that cemented their four-point lead at the top of the table.

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Lionel Messi hits four to lead rampant Barcelona’s hammering of Eibar

Lionel Messi turned on the style once again with four goals as Barcelona maintained their 100% start in La Liga with a crushing 6-1 win over Eibar at the Camp Nou. The Argentinian launched a devastating second-half display to sink the visitors, with further goals coming from Denis Suárez and Paulinho, while Sergi Enrich replied.

Ernesto Valverde made a number of changes, with Luis Suárez dropping to the bench and the new signing Ousmane Dembélé ruled out for four months with a hamstring injury. There were few signs of the performance to come as the hosts once again struggled in the early stages and were fortunate not to fall behind. Enrich raced clear on to a David Juncà through ball with just three minutes on the clock but fired a tame shot straight at Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

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Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembélé set to miss up to four months with thigh injury

• 20-year-old sustained injury in game against Getafe
• Barcelona announce forward has ruptured tendon in left thigh

Ousmane Dembélé is set to miss up to four months with a thigh injury, Barcelona have said.

The 20-year-old, who became the second most expensive player in the world after Neymar when he joined the Catalan side from Borussia Dortmund this summer, sustained the injury on his league debut against Getafe on Saturday.

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Philippe Coutinho on Barcelona ‘job offer’: ‘sometimes you get interested’

• Liverpool player admits to ‘complicated month’ but says he is happy at Anfield
• Brazilian hints that no deal to allow him leave next summer has been struck

Philippe Coutinho has claimed he has no agreement to join Barcelona next summer and is committed to the Liverpool cause this season despite being denied a move to the Spanish giants.

Coutinho made his first start of the campaign for Jürgen Klopp’s team on Saturday when he played 79 minutes of the 1-1 draw with Burnley. The Brazil international, given a rousing reception when he returned as a substitute against Sevilla in midweek, was the subject of three failed bids from Barcelona during the summer transfer window and submitted a transfer request in an attempt to force a move from Anfield.

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