El Classico: La Liga Asks Barcelona & Real Madrid To Move Game From Camp Nou To Bernabeu

El Classico: La Liga Asks Barcelona & Real Madrid To Move Game From Camp Nou To Bernabeu

Felix Egbomuche

Felix Egbomuche

A request for the first leg of this season's El Classico to be moved from Barcelona's home ground to the Bernabeu has been made by La Liga.

The game which is billed to go down on the 26th of this month has come under threats amidst fears that planned demonstrations on the same day could have security implications on the game.

According to reports online, Spanish football authorities are speaking to both Barcelona and Real Madrid to see if the game between both sides could be reversed.

A formal request has been sent to the teams and a response is expected latest on Monday before a final decision will be made by the competition's organizers.

If both teams agree to the proposed reversal, it would mean that Madrid would host the first meeting between the two rivals this season while the return fixture, due to be played in March 2020, would be hosted at Camp Nou instead.

"RFEF has received the LFP request and has brought the case to the Competition Committee, which has brought the situation to the clubs," a statement from the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) read.

"FC Barcelona and Real Madrid have until Monday to respond. After [their comments] are received and analysed, the competition will decide."

There has been some sort of unrest in the Northeastern part of Spain after some Catalonia separatist leaders were jailed.

Nine Catalan separatist leaders were sentenced to between 9 and 13 years in prison by Spain's Supreme Court on Monday, a pronouncement that caused chaotic scenes between Catalan residents and police in the city.

Following the tragic incidents, La Liga champions, Barcelona, who are from that part of Spain, released a statement calling for more dialogue to take place, insisting that "prison is not the solution" for those affected.

"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."

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