Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale is battling for fitness ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League match at Liverpool after the club announced he is suffering from a buttock muscle injury.  Photograph: Joe Giddens/PA Wire.

Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale is battling for fitness ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League match at Liverpool after the club announced he is suffer(...)

 Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has admitted summer signing Mario Balotelli will never match Luis Suarez’s Anfield impact.  Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA Wire.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has admitted summer signing Mario Balotelli will never match Luis Suarez’s Anfield impact.Rodgers backed the Italy (...)

More than 100,000 people attended the demonstration in Barcelona, according to media reports.  Photograph: Reuters/Albert Gea.

Tens of thousands of Catalans crowded central Barcelona yesterday calling for early regional elections after plans for a November 9th referendum on in(...)

The objective is the same, to hold a referendum, but in a different way, says the president of Catalonia Artur Mas. Photograph: David Ramos/Getty Images

Catalonia has abandoned plans to stage an illegal referendum on independence in November, apparently averting an imminent collision with the Spanish a(...)

 The Uefa Champions League is in for a major overhaul in relation to the seedings. Photograph:   by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images

Uefa is set to implement a radical shake-up of Champions League seedings in time for next season.General secretary Gianni Infantino said in London to(...)

Shannon Group Chairman Rose Hynes and Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton. Photo: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Shannon Airport’s recent turnaround has earned it the overall Airport Achievement Award from the European Regions Airline Association (ERA).The accola(...)

Patrick O’Connell (centre) sits on the bench during his time with Barcelona. He lead an exhibition tour to Mexico in 1937 which helped save the club.   Photograph: FCB

Johan Cruyff wants you to read this. So do Oliver Kahn, Martin O’Neill and Luis Figo. They are just some of the luminaries who have expressed their(...)

Spain’s prime minister Mariano Rajoy to try to halt referendum. Photograph: Sergio Perez/Reuters

The Spanish government has filed appeals at the country’s top court to try and halt the powerful northeastern region of Catalonia from staging an inde(...)

Catalonia’s president Artur Mas (left) waves to pro-independence supporters near Catalonia’s Republican Left leader Oriol Junqueras, as they leave the Palau de la Generalitat (Government Palace) after signing a decree calling for an independence referendum. Photograph: EPA

The president of Spain’s Catalonia region signed a decree today calling an independence referendum on November 9th, putting him on a collision cours(...)

 People rally for  greater action against climate change during the People’s Climate March on Sunday, September 21st, in New York City. Photograph: Andrew Burton/Getty Images

The debate on action over climate change is stuck. Despite copious words and many international conferences, including a UN summit in New York this we(...)