The Spanish Football Federation have confirmed next weekend’s clash between Barcelona and Real Madrid has been postponed.
The first Clasico of the season was scheduled to take place on October 26 at the Nou Camp, but the game had been thrown into doubt due to civil unrest in Catalonia.
El Clasico postponed: Five things to know…
- Barcelona and Real Madrid were scheduled to face off at the Nou Camp on October 26.
- The game was thrown into doubt due to civil unrest in Catalonia.
- Moving the game to the Santiago Bernabeu had been considered.
- This idea was put down by Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde.
- The RFEF have now confirmed El Clasico has been postponed, with Barcelona dn Real Madrid having to agree a new date.
According to reports, La Liga had asked the RFEF about the possibility to moving the Clasico to Real Madrid’s Bernabeu stadium.
This idea had been put down by Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde, who lamented the fact that his side would have to face two away games in a row after traveling to Czech Republic for their Champions League game against Slavia Prague.
“It’s true that there’s been talking of switching the fixture and for the first match to be played at the Bernabeu,” he said.
“But that isn’t what we want to see happen. We’ve got a match on Wednesday and would need to travel away again.
“Not only because of that but we’d also like to respect the schedule and supporters. The most normal option would be to play at our ground.”
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And the RFEF have now announced that El Clasico will not take place at all on October 26, with Barcelona and Real Madrid now having to agree on a new date before Monday. Should they fail to come to an agreement, the RFEF’s Competition Committee will determine the date of the rearranged match.
The RFEF said: “FC Barcelona and Real Madrid must agree on the new match date.
“Gathered on an extraordinary day yesterday the RFEF Competition Committee, has resolved in relation to the National League Championship game between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid set for next October 26, after analysing the allegations of the parties, the next:
“- The regulation prevents the alteration of the order of dispute of the parties established in the calendar.
“- The Committee lets the affected clubs reach an agreement to find the classic dispute date. FC Barcelona and Real Madrid will set the date and time in the next hours, with Monday October 21 at 10:00 a.m. as a limit.
“- In case of not reaching an agreement, the Competition Committee will be the body responsible for determining the date of the meeting.”
According to reports, December 18 is being looked at as the potential new date by the Competition committee, but both Real Madrid and Barcelona are already scheduled for other La Liga games that day – meaning their opponents would have to also agree to a fixture change.
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