Spanish League Football Associaton has handed both Real Madrid and Barcelona a request to reschedule the October 26 El Clasico game from Camp Nou to Bernabeu due to increasing protests that surrounds the Independence of Catalonia from Spain.
The La Liga FA believes the fixture needs to be reversed amid fears that planned demonstrations could have security implications on the game
Sources from the Spain confirm that the authorities in charge of Spain’s top division have spoken to both clubs and made a formal request that the match be reversed, meaning Madrid would host the first meeting between the two rivals this season.
Should the clubs agree, that would mean the return fixture, due to be played in March 2020, would be hosted at Camp Nou instead.
A statement from the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) read: “RFEF has received the LFP request and has brought the case to the Competition Committee, which has brought the situation to the clubs.
“FC Barcelona and Real Madrid have until Monday to respond. After [their comments] are received and analysed, the Competition will decide.”
The request comes amid clashes between Catalan residents and police over the region’s independence from Spain, with a big demonstration due to be held on the same day as the Clasico meeting at Camp Nou.
Chaotic scenes in the city ensued following the sentencing of nine Catalan separatist leaders on Monday, with prison terms of between nine and 13 years having been issued by Spain’s Supreme Court.
Barcelona released a statement after Monday’s sentencing news calling for more dialogue to take place, insisting that “prison is not the solution” for those affected.
It read: “FC Barcelona, as one of the leading entities in Catalonia and in accordance with its historical record for the defence of freedom of expression and the right to decide, today, after the condemnatory ruling issued by the supreme court in relation to the open process against the Catalan civic and political leaders, states the following:
“In the same way that the preventive prison sentence didn’t help to resolve the conflict, neither will the prison sentence given today, because prison is not the solution. The resolution of the conflict in Catalonia must come exclusively from political dialogue.
“Therefore, now more than ever, the club asks all political leaders to lead a process of dialogue and negotiation to resolve this conflict, which should also allow for the release of convicted civic and political leaders.
“FC Barcelona also expresses all its support and solidarity to the families of those who are deprived of their freedom.”