El Clasico: Barcelona v Real Madrid postponed because of fears over civil unrest.
Barcelona proposed December 18 as the rearranged date for El Clasico following the postponement of the October 26 match, and Real Madrid issued a statement shortly after endorsing their accordance with the Catalan club.
The Blaugrana will not host Real Madrid at the Camp Nou on October 26 due to security fears amid the Catalan political crisis.
Instead, Barcelona will propose the date of Wednesday, December 18, which is a favourable date for Real Madrid as well.
As part of a club statement, Barcelona has defended their fans and their exemplary behaviour at the Camp Nou.
“On Thursday the Club informed the Spanish Football Federation’s (RFEF) Competition Committee of its decision to say no to playing the game at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, as proposed by the Spanish Football League (LFP),” the statement read.
“The Club’s desire was to play the Clasico at Camp Nou on the 26th, the date and time previously agreed and the Committee was informed of this in writing.
“The Club has the utmost confidence in the civic and pacific attitude of its members and fans who always express themselves in exemplary fashion at Camp Nou,” Barcelona published on their official website.
“Nevertheless, having received the decision of the RFEF Competition Committee to postpone the game citing “exceptional circumstances” and given that it falls to the clubs to agree on a new date for the game before Monday, the Club will propose 18 December.
“The Club regrets the inconvenience that this postponement may cause to members, supporters’ club members and fans and it has now begun the necessary steps to refund money from Monday 21 October for tickets already purchased,” it concluded.
Real Madrid issued a statement of their own not long after Barcelona did, confirming that December 18 was the preferred new date for the sides.
“After the resolution of the Competition Committee of the Spanish Football Federation to postpone the game that was to be played on Saturday October 26 between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid CF, and which establishes that the clubs agree on a new date for the event, Real Madrid announces that the date proposed by both clubs is December 18.”