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Barca are the first side in Champions League and European Cup history to overturn a four-goal first-leg deficit, after defeating PSG 6-1 on Wednesday.

Barcelona made Champions League history on Wednesday, overcoming a four-goal first-leg deficit against PSG to advance to the quarter-finals.

Luis Enrique's side were the first in Champions League and European Cup history to rally back from four down after the opening match.

The trio will hope to overturn the Catalans' 4-0 first-leg defeat against their Ligue 1 counterparts, Luis Enrique opting for a 3-3-1-3 formation

Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar will start for Barcelona as they aim to overturn their Champions League deficit against Paris Saint-Germain at Camp Nou on Wednesday.

 

European football's governing body, UEFA, fined the Blaugrana (Barcelona) over fans' use of the estelada flag - an unofficial flag typically flown by Catalan separatists to express their support for an independent Catalonia - during the Champions League, but the club will contest the charge.

Barcelona have vowed to appeal UEFA's decision to fine them €150,000 for displaying estelada flags during Champions League matches.

The Spanish champions' fans showed the estelada flags on more than one occasion throughout the 2015-16 campaign.

UEFA, however, considers the banner to be a form of ideological, political and religious propaganda, which is forbidden by European football's governing body, and therefore slapped Barcelona with a fine.

The Camp Nou side feels displaying estelada flags falls under the freedom of expression, though, and are ready to take legal action.

"The club has received notice of the sanction imposed by the UEFA Disciplinary Committee following the display of estelada flags at the Camp Nou at Champions League matches in the 2015-16 season," a statement on the club's official website reads.

"The club has been handed a €150,000 fine, of which €50,000 is suspended if the events are not repeated in the next two years.

"The club will appeal this sanction and will take all legal measures in order for the punishment to be revoked.

"Barcelona consider the punishment to be totally unjust and against the exercise of the freedom of expression." - GOAL.COM

EDITOR’S NOTE:

Barotseland Post stands in solidarity with Barcelona, not just because they are the best football club in the world, but also because Catalonia like Barotseland are pushing for the right to exercise their indelible human rights of self-determination and freedom of expression violated by the mother states of Spain and Zambia respectively.

15th February, 2016.

Office of the Head of State: His Majesty the King of Barotseland;

Office of the Administrator General: Royal Barotseland Government;

Secretaries and Under-Secretaries of State: Royal Barotseland Government;

The Secretary: Barotseland National Youth and Sports Council;

All Secretaries: Regional, District and County Youth and Sports Council/Committees

Royal Barotseland Government.

KEEPING THE FLAME OF YOUTH AND SPORTS DEVELOPMENT AND THE ROYAL BAROTSELAND LIBERTY PLIGHT ALIGHT!

The Department of Youth and Sport is earnestly appealing to all the established, formed or created Youth Development Structures, Organizations or Institutions – from the County to the National Level – to set sail and to continue putting in place what is expected of them to be put in place now that the Department has concluded the ‘(Operational Management Act of 2014)’ and its plan for the ‘Integrated Youth Development Program’ alongside other National Legislature required for Statehood ( http://barotselandpost.com/images/important_barotse_documents/rbg_youth_and_sports_development_act_2014.pdf ).

We should prepare for the mammoth task of preparing our National Teams, Federations, Associations and Clubs for various Sports disciplines and other Recreational Youth Development Activities for the benefit of the Nation and for the purpose of making our Youth responsible and productive citizens, which is ahead of us, now!

I wish to retrace and reemphasize my earlier appeal to all Barotzish citizens, the youth especially, which I had conveyed through the Royal Barotseland Kingdom’s National Youth and Sports Conference held at Mongu in the Lyondo Region, then, in June 2014 ( http://barotselandpost.com/index.php/all-news/features/item/1483-the-third-barotseland-national-youth-and-sports-council-meeting-held-in-mongu-on ).

I earnestly wish to remind you, once more, to stand firm and to retrace the pace which we have set for the reconstruction of our Motherland, now that we have almost retrieved our ship from the ‘phantoms and pirates of the Caribbean’ who had seized it and made us captives for about half a century and, are about to dock.

We should prove to the neo-colonialist forces which marshalled the crusade for the extinction of the Malozi that we are a humble and formidable but peaceful force to reckon with which is very much capable of running its own National affairs in accordance with its own Barotzish designed and tailored agenda set for the reconstruction of our ONE AND ONLY GOD-GIVEN MOTHERLAND, the Royal Barotseland Kingdom! We should not be swayed by the make-shift colonial powers’ fake development programs made in bad faith which are merely intended to appease us momentarily, nor should we be distracted by some former politicians who failed to represent us, the people of the Royal Barotseland, effectively and efficiently to have missed their golden opportunity because of their insatiable love for the neo-colonialist’s dirty pieces of silver and belief that they could not live without the oppressor or colonizer, like a virus! We should not be the least confused by confused personalities who, like scavengers, stealthily tracking a hunter or lonely hunting the lion to pounce on the kill at the slightest opportunity, after a kill, claiming what they have not killed or toiled for. These people are cunning due to being intoxicated by and sunken into immense personal selfish interest enough to threaten the integrity and dignity of our Monarchy. Shamefully enough, the Zambian so-called clergy even congregate to pray for the continued suffering of the people of Barotseland against the will of God they feign to be worshipping for help!

We should stand our ground and be firm to preserve, protect, defend and honour the integrity, dignity and honour of our sacred institutions such as the God-given Monarchy, the Privy Council, the Royal Authority, the Afumba-led Royal Barotseland Government and the people of the Royal Barotseland Kingdom whom the elements of destruction yearn to divide, at all cost. Our Kutas must also desist from antagonism. They should preach collective participation of ‘Costa nostra’ alongside the legitimate visionary leadership and Government, in good faith in order to maintain and preserve their respect and honour which some failed former political leaders threaten, but which the Afumba-led Government has vowed to forever accord them and protect.

I, therefore, direct the Barotseland National Youth and Sports Council to expedite the formalization of all Youth and Sports Institutions: Youth Development activities and Sports Federations. I also humbly request all stakeholders to come on board in making this great dream a reality by cooperating with our BNYSC Committees from County to National levels. See the duties of the Barotseland National Youth and Sports Council at: http://barotselandpost.com/index.php/all-news/features/item/1445-the-barotseland-national-youth-and-sports-council-clearing-some-misconceptions

God bless the Great Kingdom of Barotseland!

Rt. Hon. C. M. Muyunda

Under-Secretary of State for Youth and Sport
For //The Secretary of State for Youth and Sports
ROYAL BAROTSELAND GOVERNMENT.

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