Four Mossos d'Esquadra (Catalan police) are today in court to face charges of assault on a man in custody (article in Catalan, Avui)—the aggression is said to have taken place in an interview room of the Les Corts police station in March 2007, where it was filmed by a hidden camera. The accused could face both prison sentences and fines if found guilty.
The owners of La Krypta bar in the neighbourhood Horta-Guinardó have launched an unprecedented legal action against residents of the area who made complaints about the noise level of their bar in 2004 (article in Catalan, Avui); the owners are seeking €1 million in damages as a result of the fact that the locals who brought the complaint repeatedly denied access to their homes so that the level of noise heard there could be measured. As a result of this obstacle, the bar had to operate limited opening hours and suffered a related loss in earnings. They were finally able to gain access to the relevant properties in 2007 and as such have made the necessary improvements to the bar, which has seen the council authorise a return to its night-time opening hours.
Some season-ticket holders of FC Barcelona who successfully applied for tickets to see their team play the final of the Champions League against Manchester United in Rome are now trying to sell them on through the internet, and are charging high rates for those interested in going (article in Castilian, El Periodico). Tickets are being sold for prices that range from €600 to over €9,000. Indeed, if anyone buys a ticket on sale for €9,160.20, they would be paying a record-breaking amount for a resold ticket bought on the internet. Because of new rules introduced by UEFA, which sees the inclusion of a chip in each ticket to identify the holder, those tickets now available on the web will only be available until Friday, the deadline for submitting changes regarding the name of the ticket-holder.