Spanish league wants El Clasico switched to Madrid over Catalan protests

MADRID (AFP) – The Spanish football league said yesterday it asked the country’s football federation to move the next ‘El Clasico’ match between Real Madrid and Barcelona to Madrid following violent protests by separatists in Catalonia.

“We have requested the competitions committee of the Spanish Football Federation to meet and change the location of ‘El Clasico’ to Madrid because of exceptional circumstances beyond our control,” the league (LFP) said in a statement sent to AFP.

According to Spanish media reports, Catalan grassroots separatist groups and political parties are preparing to stage a demonstration in Barcelona, the Catalan capital, at 1pm on October 26, the day the La Liga clash is scheduled to take place at Barcelona’s Camp Nou stadium.

The football federation (RFEF) confirmed it received the request and said the two clubs had until next Monday to submit their opinions before it makes its decision.