El Clasico postponed over fears of riots

Sports | 18 Oct 2019 7:35 pm

The Spanish soccer federation has postponed next week’s marquee game between Barcelona and Real Madrid due to a fear of more street violence in Catalonia.

Barcelona is the capital of Spain’s northeastern Catalonia region, which has recently seen clashes between police and protesters angered by a Supreme Court decision to sentence nine separatist leaders to prison.

Separatist groups have called for supporters to rally in Barcelona on October 26, the planned date of the match.

The federation, in consultation with government officials, says it isn’t safe to play on the same day as the rally.

The federation’s competitions committee said Barcelona and Madrid have until Monday to decide on another date for the game. If the clubs cannot agree, then the committee will choose.-AP

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