News World Barca-Real Madrid clash postponed amid Catalan crisis, set for Dec. 18

Barca-Real Madrid clash postponed amid Catalan crisis, set for Dec. 18

Barcelona’s rescheduled La Liga game at home to Real Madrid is set to take place on Dec. 18 as both clubs came to an agreement after the match, due to be played on Oct. 26, was postponed amid violent political demonstrations in Catalonia.

Following huge protests over the jailing of nine Catalan separatist leaders, the league’s organising body made an official request to the RFEF this week for the ‘Clasico’ to be rearranged, which was approved on Friday.

The federation ordered the two clubs to arrange a new date before a deadline of Oct. 21, and the two sides said later on Friday they wanted the game to take place on Dec. 18.

“In light of the ruling which postpones the match between Barcelona and Real Madrid and states the clubs must agree a new date, Real Madrid wishes to communicate that the date proposed by both clubs is Dec. 18,” said Real’s statement.

In a separate statement, Barca said they had argued in favour of the game still taking place on Oct. 26 and had opposed La Liga’s plan to move it from the Camp Nou to Real’s Santiago Bernabeu.

Barca added that they had “utmost confidence in the civic and pacific attitude of its fans and members”, also apologising to supporters who were inconvenienced by the decision and saying tickets purchased would be refunded.

Real coach Zinedine Zidane said he and his players would accept any new date for the fixture, also calling the images of violence in Catalonia “difficult”.

Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators waving pro-independence flags and chanting “freedom for political prisoners” joined marches across Catalonia on Friday, the fifth day of protests.

Barcelona town hall said 700 garbage containers were set ablaze since protests began on Monday and estimated that the city had suffered damage totalling more than 1.5 million euros ($1.67 million).

An official from Barcelona town hall said around 10 trees were set on fire on Thursday. Regional police said 16 people were arrested across Catalonia on Thursday, while health officials said medical aid was provided to 42 people.

Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola, a former Barcelona player and their most successful ever manager, called on European countries to try to resolve the crisis.

“The international community must help us to solve the conflict of Catalonia and Spain and we need a mediator from outside to sit in and talk,” he said in a news conference ahead of his side’s visit to Crystal Palace in the Premier League. (Reuters)

Read more:

https://in-cyprus.com/barcelona-to-distance-ronaldinho-rivaldo-after-bolsonaro-support/

Top Stories

Interior Ministry replies to private colleges about new criteria for foreign students

In reply to an announcement by the Union of Private Higher Education Schools, the Interior Ministry said that one would expect that the union...

Holy Synod decides to recognize autocephalous of Church of Ukraine

The difference among bishops regarding the recognition of the Independence of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine became evident when the issue was put to...

Tatar: 300 G/Cs apply to the “immobile property commission”

The opening of Varosha will continue until every square meter is open, new Turkish Cypriot leader Ersin Tatar said during an interview with Turkiye...

Government to receive almost 2 million euros from COVID fines

The government received almost two million euros in recent months due to violations of the measures for COVID-19. Of course, this money has not...

Cyprus records 1,400 cases of violence against women this year, so far

On the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on Wednesday, police said a total of 1,400 such cases were reported in...

Taste

Squash soup

Ingredients: 1 kg pumpkin, cut into small cubes, approximately 5 cups 2 medium (400g) sweet potatoes, cut into cubes, approximately 2 ½ cups 1 chopped leek, only...

Mezedes

No visit to Cyprus is complete without enjoying the traditional meal of many small dishes known as ‘meze’. This large feast, which has been a...

Prawns with fried cheese, barley shaped pasta

Put the barley shaped pasta into a small pan with salted water, bring to a boil and when tender, drain. Peal the prawns leaving...

Salmon and shrimp sheftalies

Mix all ingredients for tabbouli in a bowl and keep to one side so flavours can combine. Prepare the sheftalies: wash and soak the casing...