- El Clasico has been moved to December 18 amid unrest in Barcelona
- Initial proposals seemed to suggest the game would be played on a weekday but the Spanish Football Federation vehemently turned against the move
- Several stakeholders were involved in deciding a date for the fixture including both affected clubs
Fans of the famous El Clasico can breathe a sigh of relief as the classic fixture’s new date was confirmed on Wednesday, October 23.
The Spanish Football Federation, in a unanimously submission, has confirmed the Barcelona will meet Real Madrid in the first game of the season on December 18.
As reported earlier, the two sides were to meet on the weekend of October 27, but political unrest in Barcelona inevitably led to its postponement.
A statement from the Spanish football federation read: "The Competition Committee of the Royal Spanish Football Federation has agreed today to set for December 18 the date of Barcelona vs Real Madrid.''
The new date, according to the federation, took a number of factors into consideration including proposals from the two rival clubs.
On a lighter note, the federation could not help but take a dig at La Liga who wanted the fixture to be played on December 4, which falls on a Wednesday.
Trouble spilled over in Catalonia following the jailing of nine Catalan political leaders.
The arrest of the nine led to a wave of protests in Barcelona, with players such as Barca midfielder Ivan Rakitic getting caught up in the drama.
Initial December 4 date would have proven to be a tall order for the Spanish footballing bodies as it would mean El Classico would clash with other fixtures.
The fact that it would have been on a weekday potentially meant it would get the global significance The Spain Football Federation is targeting.
With El Classico nearly six weeks away, both Real Madrid and Barcelona would get enough time to rack up some points before the crucial game.
Barcelona are currently leading the log on 19 points, one above Real Madrid who faltered at the hands of Mallorca during the weekend.
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