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Spanish league seeks to move El Clásico amid Catalan protests

The match between fierce rivals FC Barcelona and Real Madrid is due to be played at Barcelona's Camp Nou stadium on October 26. But because of protests by separatists, which have turned violent on occasions, Spanish league officials have asked for the clash to be relocated to Real Madrid's Santiago Bernabéu Stadium. "We have requested the competitions committee of the Spanish Football Federation to meet and change the location of El Clásico to Madrid because of exceptional circumstances beyond our control," a La Liga spokesperson said in a statement to CNN. READ: Arrests follow after football's night of shame

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If the game was to be moved, it would mean the reverse El Clasico, scheduled for March 1, would be played in Barcelona, rather than in the Spanish capital.Both Barcelona and Real Madrid have reportedly rejected the idea of moving the game at such short notice, according to Spanish paper Marca.CNN has contacted both clubs for comment but has yet to receive a response. Visit for more news, features, and videosThe request from La Liga officials comes after theRead More – Source