Barcelona will not accept request for Clasico to be moved to the Bernabeu

The Catalan club are not prepared to have the venue of next week's game switched

LaLiga ha solicitado al Comité de Competición un cambio de orden en los clásicos Barça-Madrid | SPORT.es

Barcelona are not open for next weekend's Clasico being switched from Camp Nou to the Santiago Bernabeu, as has been requested by La Liga to the RFEF's Competition Committee. 

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The club plan to make their position public in the coming hours regarding the situation. La Liga are worried that the political unrest in Catalonia at the moment will lead to safety concerns around the fixture. 

As first revealed by El Pais, therefore, the league have requested switching the venues of this season's Clasicos: playing the Oct. 26 game at the Bernabeu and the March 1 fixture at Camp Nou. 

La Liga's reason, per a spokesman, for suggesting the change boils down to "exceptional circumstances beyond our control."

There have been demonstrations across Catalonia and violence between police and protesters since Monday's ruling which saw nine Catalan separatists jailed for between nine and 13 years. 

Barcelona released a statement at the time saying "prison is not the solution" and calling for dialogue.  

The decision over next weekend's Clasico is now in the hands of the Competition Committee, who must make a decision by next Wednesday after hearing arguments from Barça and Real Madrid. 

Barça are against changing the venue and happy for the game to go ahead, while Madrid are also against switching the location, but would prefer for the game to be rescheduled for a later date. 

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