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El Clasico: La Liga ask for Barcelona-Real Madrid game to be moved

El Clasico: La Liga ask for Barcelona-Real Madrid game to be moved

La Liga called for El Clasico to transfer from Barcelona’s Nou Camp stadium to Real Madrid’s Bernabeu on October 26 due to fears of civil unrest.

There were days of unrest in Barcelona following Monday’s arrest of nine Catalan separatist leaders.

More protests on the match day are expected in the city.

Barcelona and Real Madrid have not given the petition. For comments, BBC Sport asked both teams. The RFEF will ask both clubs to give their opinion and the competition committee of the Federation to make their decision in the next few days.

Certain games in the area are suspended by the Catalan Football Federation on Monday, although this decision does not affect matches in La Liga or the Spanish national team.

Catalonia is a semi-autonomous region in north-eastern Spain and nearly 90% of Catalan votes cast supported secession in a referendum on 1 October 2017, declared illegal by the Constitutional Court of Spain.

Spain’s Supreme Court convicted the nine separatists of sedition for their role in the referendum and handed over prison sentences of between nine and 13 years.

Barcelona said after the sentencing: “Prison is not the solution.”

“Now more than ever, the club urges all political leaders to lead a process of dialog and dialogue to settle this dispute, which should also enable the release of imprisoned civic and political leaders.”

FC Barcelona also expresses all its support and solidarity to the families of those deprived of their freedom.

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