The Clásico of FC Barcelona and Real Madrid on Saturday 26 October in Camp Nou has been postponed due to the political unrest in Catalonia, the Spanish association confirms on Friday. A new date will be announced next Monday.
La Liga, the organization behind the highest league in Spain, had already submitted a request to the Spanish football association RFEF to play the Clásico in Madrid on Wednesday, but that plan could not count on Barcelona's support.
Both clubs did agree with relocation. Spanish media cite December 18 as a new date for the loaded contest at Camp Nou, but that has not been confirmed by the RFEF.
The union now hopes that it will be less restless when the Clásico is finished. There have been political protests in Catalonia for months and they swelled on Monday after nine separatist leaders were sentenced to nine to thirteen prison sentences. They were found guilty of incitement around the illegal referendum in 2017.
It is particularly restless in Catalonia due to political protests. (Photo: Pro Shots)
Catalans flock to the streets
On Monday, thousands of Catalans took to the streets to express their dissatisfaction with the Supreme Court ruling. They occupy, among other things, the entrance halls of Barcelona airport. Important streets were occupied in the city itself.
Due to the decision of the RFEF to postpone the Spanish topper, Frenkie de Jong has to wait a little longer for his first Clásico. The thirteen-time Oranje-international exchanged Ajax for FC Barcelona last summer.
Real Madrid is currently in the lead in La Liga with eighteen points, two more than close attacker FC Barcelona. The 'Koninklijke' continues the competition on Saturday-evening with an away game against Real Mallorca and the Catalans visit Eibar that day (kick-off at 1:00 pm).
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