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CATALONIA MINISTER BLASTS LA LIGA OVER CLASICO RESCHEDULING

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The last has not been heard about the rescheduled El Clasico match of Barcelona and Real Madrid.

According to Spanish publication, Tribuna, the Catalonia interior minister, Miguel Buch strongly condemns the Clasico rescheduling.

The publication cited the interview the minister had with Radio Catalunya.

Hear the minister: “I didn’t agree with the postponement. It was part of what the Spanish government was doing to insist there was a problem of public order, but that’s not the case. We never said we couldn’t guarantee security for that match.”

Buch continues: “This is an unreal story. There is no problem to play the game against Valladolid nor was there for that of October 26. There is no problem in playing the games of Barcelona at Camp Nou.”

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Buch refers to Barca’s first home game since October 6, the Valladolid clash which is scheduled for Tuesday, October 29.

As a reminder, the mouth-watering La Liga Matchday 10 fixture between Barcelona and Real Madrid was initially meant to be played on 26 October.

However, it was rescheduled due to security concerns in Catalonia. Both Barcelona and Real Madrid released their official statements where they named December 18 as their preferred date for El Clasico.

La Liga, in their turn, are interested in a different day for the iconic clash – Wednesday, December 4 at 9:00 pm.

The reason for that is simple: there are Copa del Rey games scheduled for December 18, which might create a conflict of broadcasting rights.

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Furthermore, that is the day European Champions Liverpool play their semi-final of the Club World Cup in Doha.

Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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