La Liga wants this October 26 El Clasico to be moved from Barcelona’s Nou Camp stadium to Real Madrid’s Bernabeu over fears of civil unrest.
Days of protests have taken place in Barcelona after nine Catalan separatist leaders were convicted on Monday. There are indications that more protests will take place in Barcelona on the day of the match.
La Liga submitted the request to the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF), claiming exceptional circumstances beyond their control.
The two clubs will be asked by the RFEF to state their opinion, with the Federation’s competitions committee to make its decision in the next few days.
However, Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde says his team prefers to play the match at home despite the planned separatist rally in the city on the same day.
Valverde said, on Thursday, he and his players prefer to keep the schedule the same and prove to everyone that the game can take place safely despite the unrest.
Reports claim that the Spanish government is against the match taking place on October 26, and since two sides are unwilling to switch it to the Santiago Bernabeu, the match could be played later in the year.
The Catalan Football Federation postponed all matches in the region on Monday, although that ruling does not affect La Liga matches or the National team.
Catalonia is a semi-autonomous region in north-east Spain. In a referendum on October 1, 2017, declared illegal by Spain’s Constitutional Court, about 90 per cent of Catalan voters cast supported independence. Turnout was 43 per cent.
The nine separatists were found guilty over their role in the referendum and handed jail sentences of between 9 and 13 years by Spain’s Supreme Court.