La Liga Pulls The Plug Following Riots
The El Clasico game between Barcelona and Real Madrid, which was scheduled to be played at the Nou Camp on 26 October, has been postponed over fears of civil unrest. The decision follows days of demonstrations after nine Catalan separatist leaders were jailed on Monday. At least 96 people have been hurt in clashes across the region.
Barcelona have refused to accede to a suggestion by Real that the match be played in Madrid instead. Barca face Slavia Prague in a Champions League tie on 23 October – just three days before the scheduled game.
But the Catalan side have proposed that El Clasico be played as scheduled in the Nou Camp. “The club has absolute confidence in the civic and peaceful attitude of its social mass, which is always expressed in the Camp Nou in an exemplary manner,” a statement from the club read.
As an alternative, Barcelona are suggesting that the match be played on Wednesday 18 December. Any decision over the game must be made by 10am CET on Monday. The club have pledged to return ticket money to any fans who cannot make the re-arranged fixture.
Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane was asked about the postponement at a news conference on Friday and said he had his own preference for a solution. However, he refused to reveal what that was.
“We will be ready to play on the date told by the right person. We will adapt to what we are asked,” he added.