El Clasico: La Liga ask for Barcelona-Real Madrid game to be moved

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La Liga has asked for El Clasico on 26 October to be moved from Barcelona’s Nou Camp stadium to Real Madrid’s Bernabeu over fears of civil unrest. There have been days of protest in Barcelona after nine Catalan separatist leaders were jailed on Monday.

More protests are expected in the city on the day of the match. La Liga made the request to the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF), citing “exceptional circumstances beyond our control”. The request has not been made to Barcelona or Real Madrid. BBC Sport has contacted both clubs for comment.

The Catalan Football Federation suspended all matches in the region on Monday, although that ruling does not affect La Liga matches or the Spanish national team.

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