Barca lead Group D with a perfect record from three games, while Juventus remain three points behind thanks to a 2-1 win over Sporting Lisbon.A near 50-metre banner produced by the club called for “Dialogue, Respect, and Sport” before kick-off as Barca continued their plea for both sides of the political divide to reconcile their differences.“In such a complicated, difficult situation in Catalonia, Barcelona has to take a stand and our position is very clear – we want dialogue,” Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu told Barca TV.“By speaking people understand each other and come to points of agreement.“We also ask for respect for everyone involved in such a complex situation in Catalonia and respect for Barca.“And finally sport because we are a sporting club, not just in football but basketball, hockey, handball and we will continue to compete on the field.”Catalonia’s separatist leader Carles Puigdemont must abandon his bid for independence from Spain on Thursday or face an unprecedented move by Madrid to seek a suspension of his region’s autonomy. Barca’s singing section also held up a banner reading ‘Freedom for Catalonia’, while there were habitual chants in favour of independence in the 17th minute of each half to mark the fall of Catalonia in the Spanish War of Succession in 1714.Those cries were briefly halted in the first period, though, as Barca went in front in the 18th minute when Nikolaou sliced Gerard Deulofeu’s cross into his own net.The club have supported Catalonia’s right to self-determination in a referendum, but stopped short of backing independence.Barca beat Las Palmas 3-0 behind closed doors on October 1 as a protest at the violent scenes across Catalonia, according to Bartomeu.However, the decision to go ahead with the match proved divisive as two Barca board members resigned in the aftermath and there were calls for Bartomeu to resign from supporters at the start of the second half.Barca announced on Tuesday representatives of pro-independence citizens’ groups Omnium Cultural and the Catalan National Assembly (ANC) were invited after their leaders Jordi Cuixart and Jordi Sanchez were detained on Monday on charges of sedition. However, both organisations refused that offer.– Messi scores free-kick –Barcelona team line up in the rain before the UEFA Champions League group D football match against Olympiacos at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on Ocotber 18, 2017 © AFP / LLUIS GENEPique dominated headlines for his outspoken criticism of the police brutality on the day of the October 1 referendum and his subsequent treatment when on international duty with Spain as he was jeered.However, for once it was his performance on the pitch that was left open to criticism as he was stupidly sent off for slapping the ball into the net two minutes before half-time after picking up an early booking.Barca, though, shrugged off their numerical disadvantage as Messi scored his 100th goal in European competition and 97th in the Champions League on the hour mark.The Argentine dinked a free-kick towards goal, but needed the help of a poor effort from Olympiakos ‘keeper Silvio Proto, who merely helped the ball on its way into the net.Messi was involved again for Barca’s third three minutes later as his cutback was drilled home by Lucas Digne.Olympiakos pulled a goal back a minute from time as Nikolaou made amends for his earlier error with a towering header, but the Greeks remain rooted to the bottom of group without a point.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Barcelona’s Lionel Messi shoots to score his goal number 100 in a European competition during their UEFA Champions League match against Olympiacos FC at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on Ocotber 18, 2017 © AFP / LLUIS GENEBarcelona, Spain, Oct 18 – Barcelona shrugged off an early Gerard Pique red card and the distractions of a first match at the Camp Nou since a violent crackdown of an independence referendum in Catalonia to beat Olympiakos 3-1 on Wednesday.A Dimitrios Nikolaou own goal and second-half strikes from Lionel Messi and Lucas Digne ensured a comfortable evening for the hosts on the field, while the political tension sweeping across Catalonia was seen in the stands despite a low turnout due to torrential rain.
WHITTIER – The City Council will hold a special meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday to listen to a presentation on what the firm of Moule and Polyzoides, an urban design and planning firm, has learned so far in preparing a new plan for Uptown Whittier. Members of the firm have been meeting with local business groups and others to discuss Uptown Whittier. The next public step will occur from noon to 1 p.m. June 5-8, when the firm will hold public presentations at the Crystal Marquis, 13007 Philadelphia St., Whittier. A final presentation will be held at 2 p.m. June 9, also at the Crystal Marquis. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsSenior Club sets mom `coronation’ SANTA FE SPRINGS – The city’s Good Neighbor Senior Club will host a special “Mother’s Coronation” event from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Neighborhood Center. During the event, women from local organizations will be honored. Tickets for the event, which includes a 50/50 raffle and door prizes, are $7 per person. Advance dance tickets are available Wednesday only from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Neighborhood Center, . For tickets or information, call Ophelia Juarez at (562) 926-4344. Forest tour will view wildflowers 9255 Pioneer Blvd ANGELES NATIONAL FOREST – Wildflowers are the topic of Saturday’s U.S. Forest Service monthly tour in the Angeles National Forest. The tour, led by a naturalist with the Forest Service, will stretch from the upper end of the San Gabriel Canyon to Crystal Lake, looking at wildflower response to elevational change and to disturbance. With the late rains in April and the recent warm weather, the wildflowers should be showing their brilliant colors. The Forest Service encourages families, Scout groups,or anyone interested in their local mountains to attend. The tour is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Participants should meet at the San Gabriel Canyon Environmental Education Center, 0.7 miles past the East Fork Bridge on Highway 39, above the City of Azusa. Cost is $5 per person. For more information, call (909) 982-2879. Federal employee group to meet WHITTIER – The National Association of Active and Retired Federal Employees, local chapter 333, will meet at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Palm Park Activity Center, 5703 Palm Ave. A speaker will talk about senior fraud and identity theft. Sack lunches are suggested. Dessert and beverages will be provided. For more information, call (562) 695-2126. Neighborhood Watch meeting WHITTIER – A Neighborhood Watch meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. May 30 at Telechron School, 11200 Telechron Ave. Los Angeles County representatives will be at the meeting. For more information, call (562) 698-7645. Poetry club to meet Friday LA HABRA – The Poetry Club of the Seasons Senior Center will meet at 6:30 p.m. Friday at 200 W. Whittier Blvd. Poems by local writers, Walt Whitman and others will be read. For more information, call (562) 696-0375, or (562) 690-4806. Beach Bash dance at Activity Center LA MIRADA – A Beach Bash dance will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. June 2 at the La Mirada Activity Center. Guests will enjoy an evening of dancing, refreshments and door prizes. Live music will be provided by Jim Gilman and Associates. Tickets, which are $5 per person, can be purchased in advance or at the door. For more information, call (562) 902-3160. – From staff reports160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!