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Barca wins without fans - dispute after unrest over referendum

Overshadowed by the unrest surrounding the controversial referendum in catalonia and a dispute over the scheduling of the game, FC barcelona continued its winning streak in the spanish league.

The catalans won 3-0 (0-0) in front of an empty crowd against UD las palmas and celebrated their seventh win in seven league games. The match took place without spectators after barca tried unsuccessfully to postpone the game due to the unrest and police violence surrounding the independence referendum.

"By playing in front of empty stands, the club is showing that we don’t agree with the game not being postponed," club president josep maria bartomeu said. The "whole world" should know "how we suffer here in catalonia," he said. The league had threatened the club with the deduction of six points, the game had not taken place for safety reasons without spectators. read more

Johan roijakkers to fix it

Johannes cornelius maria josef – johan for short – roijakkers becomes new coach of brose bamberg. This was announced by the basketball bundesliga club on wednesday. The 39-year-old dutchman comes from BG gottingen and signed a contract for a term of three years. He succeeds the belgian roel moors, who was released last week with his assistant thomas crab despite a current contract until 2021.

Five candidates were shortlisted for the moors succession. "The deciding factor was that johan roijakkers has experience in the bundesliga and speaks german", said brose sports director leo de rycke. "He never made the playoffs, but always worked with a low budget", de rycke added, which was probably one of the decisive selection criteria in view of the course brose has taken. In gottingen roijakkers worked since 2012, rose in 2014 with the club from the 2. League into the bundesliga and always managed to stay in the german top flight. read more