Facts have emerged to justify the shifting of the La Liga Matchday 10 fixture between Barcelona and Real Madrid which was initially meant to be played on 26 October.

It was later rescheduled for December 18 due to the protests in Catalonia against the imprisonment of the leaders of the independence movement.

According to Spanish publication, Tribuna, the rescheduling wasn’t baseless. Quoting another publication, El Mundo, Tribuna wrote that the Committee for the Defence of the Republic (CDR), a group created in support of Catalonia independence, were preparing to sabotage the game.

Reportedly, they planned to cut off all travel routes to prevent Real Madrid from getting to their hotel or to the stadium and even prepared to cut off television signals from Camp Nou during the clash.

In the end, the game was rescheduled as the authorities couldn’t guarantee they’d be able to prevent these things from happening. 

Nevertheless, security concerns remain for the game as the platform ‘Tsunami Democratic’ have chosen December 18 as one of the dates to protest political repression.

Alongside the date ‘Tsunami Democratic’ added a comment ‘We’re playing at home’ so it would be clear that the choice isn’t a random one.