Next Weekend's 'El Clasico' Between Barcelona And Real Madrid Has Been Postponed
The Royal Spanish Football Federation has decided to postpone next weekend's clash between Barcelona and Real Madrid amid political unrest.
The RFEF has also proposed that the game be played on Wednesday December 18th.
La Liga, on the other hand, prefer the tie be played on Saturday 7 December because "an event of the Clásico's global media impact" should be held on a weekend, report AS.
Official: The October Clasico has been postponed. A new date has yet to be decided on though. Looks likely that it will be in December. pic.twitter.com/QyfjstB45n
- totalBarça (@totalBarca) October 18, 2019
Earlier this week, it was reported that La Liga wanted this month's El Clasico to be moved from Barcelona's Nou Camp stadium to Real Madrid's Bernabeu amid political unrest.
Days of protests have taken place in Barcelona after nine Catalan separatist leaders were jailed on Monday.
Ernesto Valverde's side were due to play Los Blancos at home on October 26th but there are concerns that these political protests could have an impact on the game.
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It is also believed that a large demonstration is planned on the day of El Clasico, but La Liga want to avoid security being compromised.
They released the following statement on Wednesday as they confirmed the stadium switch request.
"We have requested the competitions committee of the RFEF to meet and change the location of El Clasico to Madrid because of exceptional circumstances beyond our control." said a spokesman from La Liga.
Every one of today's :newspaper2:️ frontpages features the same word... APLAZADO. POSTPONED.
El Clásico WON'T be played on 26th October... And we still don't know when it WILL be played.
More in the #tsfp :flag_es::soccer::microphone2:️ Morning Paper Review out later for patrons at https://t.co/ynht94jy99. pic.twitter.com/wndGyZCnx8
- The Spanish Football Podcast (@tsf_podcast) October 18, 2019
Both Barcelona and Real Madrid are set to agree on a new date for the fixture on Monday.
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