26/11/2019

El Clasico: Barcelona v Real Madrid postponed because of fears over civil unrest


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This months El Clasico between Barcelona and Real Madrid was postponed due to fears of unrest.
The match was scheduled for 26 following nine separatist leaders had been detained on Monday however there were days of protest in Barcelona.
Before this week, La Liga asked the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) to change the match to Madrid.
The clubs need to agree that a new date .
Manager Ernesto Valverde had said the Barcelona were contrary to switching the match because they play three days prior to El Clasico was scheduled.
La Liga produced the postponement request because ofexceptional circumstances beyond our control as more protests are expected at Barcelona throughout the afternoon of the game.
Protests have continued with protesters clashing with riot police into a fourth day at Spains Catalonia region. At least 96 people are hurt throughout the area.
Catalonia is a semi-autonomous region in north-east Spain and at a referendum about 1 October 2017, declared illegal by Spains Constitutional Court, about 90 percent of Catalan votes throw endorsed liberty. Turnout was 43%.
The nine leaders had been convicted of sedition and handed prison sentences of between two and 13 years by Spains Supreme Court.
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