Eighteen people, including two babies, were injured yesterday as a result of a crash between two trains at the Barcelona station of Clot (read article in Catalan here, Avui). None of those affected was seriously injured as a result of the incident, which was apparently caused by human error and occurred just before 10am when a regional Rodalies train on the line R1, travelling towards Mataró, hit the back of a Talgo 'train-hotel' (sleeper train); the Talgo had stopped in the station before heading to Girona. The Talgo, which didn't have any passengers, suffered damage to its outer structure and the interior of carriages, while the Rodalies train was worse affected. It suffered important damage to its front end as a result of the strong impact of the crash with the other train, which took place 200 metres from the platform. All those injured were seated towards the front of the Rodalies train. Two of them were treated at the station itself by paramedics from the nine ambulances dispatched to the scene, while the rest were transported to nearby hospitals.
Real Madrid announced last night that it had reported FC Barcelona to UEFA for unsporting behaviour of its players during Wednesday's Champions League semi-final (read article in Castilian here, La Vanguardia). "After discovering that FC Barcelona had taken the unprecedented step of reporting the trainer of Real Madrid, José Mourinho, to the UEFA Committee of Control and Discipline," read the official notification from the Madrid club, "Real Madrid finds itself obliged to report to the same disciplinary body the repeated unsporting behaviour of FC Barcelona, whose players persistently simulated aggressions with the sole aim of provoking errors on the part of the referee, which developed into the manifestly unfair decision to expel our player Pepe." The statement went on to say that the action taken against Mourinho was surprising as he had only been expressing his opinion while exercising his freedom of speech, and that, as such, Barça rejected the principles of loyalty, integrity and sporting spirit as laid out in the statutues of UEFA. The European football association opened a file yesterday on Mourinho, a move that was followed by FC Barcelona's decision to bring its own action against the Portuguese trainer for the comments he made following the Santiago Bernabéu match, which Barça won 0-2, where he questioned the victory of the Catalan team in the 2009 Champions League final and said that UEFA favoured the team.
A substitute judge in Barcelona is being investigated by the Catalan High Court for alleged offensive declarations during her decision to grant a lesbian the adoption of her partner's son (read article in Castilian here, El Periodico). Maria Rosa Gutés Pascual said in her ruling that she was granting the adoption of the two-year-old boy "only because of legal imperative", according to court sources. The high court is studying the ruling passed down on March 23rd in which personal observations of the magistrate were stated and she described the current law as "ludicrous" ("disparatada").The head public prosecutor of Catalunya has submitted a report to the High Court in which it says that the judge doesn't met the requirements to carry out her position because her statements were "offensive". Court sources said that the public prosecutor had brought the High Court's attention to the ruling, which contained phrases such as "since God created [parents] to be man and woman, the ideal would be to have a father and a mother."