FC Barcelona News; 29 April 2014; Players Bid Last Farewell to Tito Vilanova, LFP Clears Barça in Neymar Case

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Final heartfelt farewell to Tito Vilanova at the Barcelona Cathedral | FC Barcelona
The Cathedral of Barcelona was at capacity for Tito Vilanova’s memorial service this Monday evening. The Cardinal Archbishop of Barcelona Lluís Martínez Sistach officiated the ceremony, which was attended by Vilanova’s family, members of the Catalan government, former FC Barcelona presidents and players, and the first team, among many others.

Recap of FC Barcelona's farewell to Tito Vilanova | FC Barcelona
Many have paid their respects to Tito Vilanova, who passed away on Friday. FC Barcelona paid tribute to the former manager with a memorial space at the Camp Nou, and it was visited by 52,999 people over the weekend. The minute of silence at El Madrigal before the Villarreal-Barça match, which the Blaugrana won, was particularly emotional.

Abidal: "I shared many things with Tito and I had to be here" | FC Barcelona
Three days after the death of Tito Vilanova, who worked with him at the Club between 2008 and 2013, Éric Abidal joined his ex-teammates in training and speaking to Barça TV explained: "I had to be here, this is an important day. We loved him a lot, him and his family".

Éric Abidal visits training session | FC Barcelona
There was a morale lifting, surprise visitor to this morning’s first team squad training session when Éric Abidal, currently on Monaco’s books, visited the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper to show his support at such a sad time for the Club.

The LFP clears FC Barcelona of any irregularities in relation to the signing of Neymar | FC Barcelona
According to the committee:"in view of the appeal made to the LFP by FC Barcelona (...), there is no evidence of any irregular conduct committed by the Club which would have infringed the rules and regulations of the LFP. As a result of this, no further action in this matter will be taken"

Messi scores 40 goals for the fifth consecutive season | FC Barcelona
Leo Messi scored a decisive goal in the dying minutes of the match against Villarreal on Sunday, his 40th official goal this season. Not even the player’s struggle with injuries in the first half of the season stopped him from netting jaw-dropping amount of goals.

Girona v Barça, Catalonia Cup semis | FC Barcelona
Girona v Barça and Sabadell v Espanyol are the two semifinals of the Catalonia Cup, to be played on May 13th at the Montilivi Stadium. Representatives of the four clubs met on Monday with the President of the Catalan Football Federation, Andreu Subies, to finalise the competition schedule. The final will be played on May 21st, also in Girona.

Villarreal issue life ban to supporter who threw banana at Barcelona defender Dani Alves - ESPN FC
Villarreal released a statement on Tuesday afternoon confirming the ban, which read: "Villarreal CF wants to communicate that the club deeply regrets and condemns the incident that happened yesterday during the match against FC Barcelona in which a fan threw an object onto the field of El Madrigal.

Neymar starts anti-racism meme - Goal.com
"We are all equal, we are all monkeys, say no to racism," he wrote on the social media site, accompanied with the hashtag #weareallmonkeys. "It's a shame that there's such prejudice in 2014. It's time for people to raise their voices. My way of expressing my support is to do what Dani Alves did. If you think so too, take a picture of yourself eating a banana and we will use what they have against us to our advantage."

Stars back Alves banana bite | Sport24
Chelsea players Oscar, David Luiz and Willian posted a short video on Luiz's Instagram account, with the players eating banana's and saying: "We are all monkeys." Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero posted a message of himself eating a banana on Twitter.

Alves banana shows Spanish football still has head in sand on racism by Dermot Corrigan - ESPN FC
"If you do not take it like this can you can suffer," Alves told AS. "I have been 11 years in Spain, and 11 years suffering the same thing. In the end I took it as a joke. We are not going to change this, unhappily, but I think if you do not give importance to it, then they will not achieve their objective. So you must take it like that."

Kick It Out claim 'football in dark ages' after banana thrown at Dani Alves | Football News | Sky Sports
"It was an incredibly brave way for Alves to respond particularly after the way he was goaded," Mortimer told Sky Sports. "Kick It Out started with John Barnes back-heeling a banana off the pitch and it's still happening now, which is absolutely crazy. The behaviour of that fan was totally unacceptable and it's about time now that we had zero tolerance.

Across-the-board wins for FC Barcelona's professional teams | FC Barcelona
This weekend could not have been better for FC Barcelona, as far as athletics go, seeing that all of the Club’s professional teams won. The futsal and handball teams managed heroic feats in their respective European competitions, and the basketball and football teams won their league fixtures.

Rayo slip closer to drop | ESPNFC.com
Nolito scored twice for Celta, with Charles also finding the net, before a Stefan Mitrovic own goal gave the home side a 4-0 lead after 50 minutes. Manucho grabbed a goal back for Valladolid, but they remain three points adrift of safety, although they do have a game in hand on their relegation rivals.

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