The Spanish Football Federation (SFF) has finally postponed the much anticipated and mouth-watering El Clasico clash between Barcelona and Real Madrid to December.
The tie which was slated for October 26 was rescheduled due to the growing social unrest in Catalonia after the Spanish Supreme Court sentenced nine Catalan separatist leaders for their involvement in a referendum that was held in defiance of the Spanish Constitution and a subsequent declaration of independence in 2017.
La Liga bosses fear that protestors could take advantage of the fixture’s huge global audience, which is estimated to be around 650 million.
A new date is expected to be set in the coming days, and if the teams and the league can’t reach an agreement on the date, it will be up to the federation to make the final decision.
The league has proposed moving the game to Dec. 7, a Saturday, which would mean the teams’ matches that had already been scheduled for that weekend would have to be moved. There was also the possibility of playing the game Dec. 18, a Wednesday, but then Copa del Rey matches would have to be rescheduled.