Matchday 10 of the Spanish La Liga was marred by the postponement of the first El Clásico of the season. The Barcelona vs Real Madrid fixture was scheduled to be on the 26th of October at Camp Nou stadium. However, the Spanish football federation (RFER) postponed the match due to security reasons. The political situation in Catalonia has crept into football on several occasions in which soccer players and coaches alike have used their platform to advance their political views.
The security risk that led to the postponement of the El Clasico match was prompted by the heavy sentencing of nine Catalan separatist leaders. The individuals that protested to convert Cataluña into an independent state were sentenced to between 9 and 13 years in prison. There have since been several protests in the city since then. With the history of Clasico games, the decision to push the game to December was an easy one for La Liga.
El Clasico 2019 Next Match
Both clubs were consulted about the change in dates and the two teams decided on December 18. La Liga released a statement with the intent of appealing the decision. The league officials explained that the date would clash with the scheduled Copa del Rey matches. If the appeals with the common courts and the Spanish government’s Sports Council (CSD) fails, La Liga would lose earnings. It is hoped that by December, the political unrest in the Catalonia region would’ve subsided.
Barcelona vs Real Madrid Fixture
The La Liga log standing for the 2019-20 season looks a little different with both the two Spanish giants missing a game played. Barcelona sits in second position to Granada on 19 points. The Blaugrana is one point behind the leaders and a single point above rivals Los Blancos. The two teams will play the Kings Cup along with a few league games before meeting in the Nou Camp. Stay tuned to find out what the decision of the Spanish football federation with regards to the next El Clasico.