Guardiola says jail sentences of nine Catalan politicians a 'direct affront to human rights'

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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has said a Spanish court ruling which saw nine Catalan politicians and civil leaders sentenced to between nine and 13 years in prison is a "direct affront to human rights."

All nine defendants had been held without bail for the last two years over their role in Catalonia's failed bid for independence from Spain.

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On Monday, they were all acquitted of rebellion, the gravest charge, but were found guilty of sedition. Three other defendants were found culpable of disobedience but were not handed jail terms.