The body of the deceased captain of Espanyol football club, Dani Jarque, who died in Italy at the weekend following a heart attack, arrived in Barcelona around 4.30 this morning, and is now at the club's new ground in Cornellà (article in Castilian, El Periodico). From 8am, relatives and members of Espanyol have been able to pay their last respects to the 26-year-old, who had been with Espanyol since the age of 12 and was just promoted to captain in recent weeks; the public will be given access after 2pm. An autopsy was carried out in Florence yesterday, and officials of the club, the Generalitat and Spanish embassy in Italy worked hard to speed up the process of repatriation which, according to Italian law, normally cannot take place until three days following the body's examination. The investigation found that the player died of natural causes.
As a result of the fact that phone calls warning about the bombs planted by Basque terrorist group ETA in Mallorca on Sunday were made from France, the police are looking for suspects there as well as in Spain (article in Castilian, La Vanguardia). Although the authorities insist that they are not discarding any theory about where the bombers may now be, one possibility now seems to be that they left the island before the killing of two Guardia Civil officers on July 30th, leaving their explosive devices already in place and set with timers.
The work being done in the area around the Sagrada Familia for the construction of the high-speed train (AVE) line through Barcelona is having a negative effect on the lives of both residents and visitors (article in Catalan, Avui). With roads and traffic lanes closed, a constant flow of coaches arriving bearing tourists, pavements dug up and noise from the works throughout the day, the site of the world-renowned landmark has become an obstacle course for all those who find themselves in the locality, either residing or just passing through. The main road causing difficulties is Mallorca between Sicilia and Castellijos, which has been affected by the building of the tunnel for the new rail line since July 14th; the work could take up to two years. Locals are concerned what will happen from September when businesses reopen after the summer and children return to school.
Also in the news: planned demonstration against predicted sentence by the Spanish Superior Court regarding the new Catalan Statute (Avui); Ninth person dies of swine flu in Spain (El Periodico)