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Spanish court dismisses lawsuit over cup final protest at King Felipe VI

Published 19/02/2016

Catalonia's separatist movement has grown in recent years, with Camp Nou becoming a rallying point
Catalonia's separatist movement has grown in recent years, with Camp Nou becoming a rallying point

A Spanish court has thrown out a lawsuit over a massive protest by Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao football fans against King Felipe VI in last year's cup final.

National Court judge Fernado Andreu, sitting in Madrid, ruled that loud jeers at the king and Spain's national anthem during the Copa del Rey final at Barcelona's Camp Nou stadium last May did not constitute a crime.

Barcelona are the most popular team in the north-eastern Catalonia region, while Athletic Bilbao are the Basque country's biggest club.

Both regions have secessionist movements, and Catalonia's has grown in recent years, with Camp Nou becoming a rallying point for separatists.

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