La Liga proposes new date for postponed 26 October El Clasico


MADRID, SPAIN - MARCH 02: Gerard Pique of Barcelona celebrates victory as he walks past Karim Benzema of Real Madrid during the La Liga match between Real Madrid CF and FC Barcelona at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on March 02, 2019 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

The original date for the first El Clasico for the season was October 26 but the Competition Committee decided to postpone it due to fear of potential crowd troubles.

La Liga have suggested to the Competition Committee that the postponed 26 October El Clasico should now be played on December 7, reports Spanish newspaper Marca.

Provided the Competition Committee, which sets the dates for La Liga fixtures, accepts the Spanish football authority’s proposal, it would affect the 16th matchday of the current season.

As per the current La Liga fixture list, Barcelona will play host to Real Mallorca whereas Real Madrid will entertain Espanyol at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium on their 16th match of the domestic season.

If the proposal is accepted, La Liga president Javier Tebas would need to convince the other two sides, Mallorca and Espanyol, to agree to the change in their fixture list.

Final decision regarding El Clasico date to be taken on Monday

MADRID, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 27: Karim Benzema of Real Madrid reacts as Luis Suarez of FC Barcelona celebrates his team's first goal during the Copa del Rey Semi Final second leg match between Real Madrid and FC Barcelona at Bernabeu on February 27, 2019 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
The Competition Committee has given Barcelona, Real Madrid, and La Liga until Monday to reach a consensus regarding the final date of El Clasico.

In their written proposals, both the clubs shot down any suggestion that the match should be shifted from Camp Nou to Santiago Bernabeu next weekend, as they instead gave their consent to play the game at a later date.

Marca reports that given the current fixture list, all the factors point towards the first El Clasico of the season taking place on Wednesday, December 18.

However, La Liga aren’t in favor of the game being played in midweek. The Spanish football authority believes that it would adversely affect the 650m global audience of the game.

And to prevent the change in date from having any impact on millions who are expected to watch it from their homes, La Liga prefers a weekend date for El Clasico.

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BARCELONA, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 06: Lucas Vazquez of Real Madrid CF competes for the ball with Arthur Melo of FC Barcelona during the Copa del Semi Final first leg match between Barcelona and Real Madrid at Nou Camp on February 06, 2019 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

With the 26 October El Clasico now postponed, neither Real Madrid nor Barcelona will be taking part in a competitive fixture next weekend.

Prior to that, Barcelona will try to get their 2nd win in this season’s Champions League as they travel to face the Czech Republic side Sylvia Prague on Wednesday.

After winning 1 and drawing the other of their opening two games in the competition, the Catalans are currently sitting at 2nd place in Group F, level on points with leaders Borussia Dortmund.

The Los Blancos, meanwhile, are still without a win in this season’s Champions League after getting only a single point from their opening two fixtures in the competition.

Zinedine Zidane’s men will travel to Turkey to face Galatasary in front of a raucous away crowd, knowing that nothing but a win will keep their hopes of topping their Champions League group alive.

 

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