Spain’s government opposes El Clasico’s development between Barcelona and Real Madrid at the Camp Nou on October 26, saying that given the security situation, it is unreasonable for the game to be played in Barcelona.
La Liga has urged the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) to relocate El Clasico to Real Madrid’s Santiago Bernabeu Stadium because of the ongoing political crisis in Catalonia.
Major protests are taking place in Barcelona after nine Catalan politicians received lengthy prison sentences for their role in Catalonia’s referendum on independence from Spain in 2017.
“We think that seeing how things are going, in consultation with La Liga and the RFEF, it is unreasonable for the match to take place as planned because of the security situation,” the Spanish government said in a statement.
Even the Barcelona club has objected to Spain’s supreme court ruling imposing the Catalan leaders’ prison sentence.
The match between Barça and Real is scheduled to be played at 1pm on October 26 at Camp Nou.