El Clasico set to be rescheduled to December amid Catalonia protests

El Clasico set to be rescheduled to December amid Catalonia protests

With the Catalonia region in Spain rocked by protests, Barcelona's clash against Real Madrid slated for Saturday 26th October is set to be rescheduled to December amid safety concerns. 

The imprisonment of nine separatist leaders for their roles in the failed 2017 push for independence have led to protests being organized on the day of the El Clasico clash.

Under the proposal of the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) and in consultation with government officials, both parties agreed on Thursday that it was not safe to play on the same day of the rally.

The final decision on the date for the clash is set to be revealed on Monday 21st October but the league has proposed moving the game to Saturday 7th December 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 on Wednesday 18th December but then Copa del Rey matches would have to be rescheduled and the league doesn't want the game to be played midweek because it could hurt television rights holders.

La Liga requested that the Spanish football association switch the encounter from the Camp Nou to the Santiago Bernabeu stadium, with the second league Clasico of the season to be played at Barcelona's ground on March 1, 2020, but both sides are reluctant to accept the proposal. 

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