Bartomeu: There is no reason to postpone this month's Clasico

The Barcelona president doesn't believe protests in the city will affect the game

Bartomeu, durante la entrevista
Bartomeu, durante la entrevista | CATALUNYA RÀDIO

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu assured that there is no reason why the Clasico on Dec. 18 at Camp Nou should be called off.

Bartomeu, speaking to Catalunya radio, insisted that he is "not worried" about protest group Tsunami Democràtic calling for demonstrations on the day of the game between Barça and Real Madrid. 

The fixture was originally due to be played on Oct. 26 but was called off because of security concerns following protests in the city after Catalan politicians were jailed for their role in the 2017 independence referendum. 

"I think a civil, serene demonstration and a football game are compatible," Bartomeu said." I don't see any problem in playing this match alongside a pacific protest. 

"In addition, Barcelona's members know they have freedom of expression, of movement, that they can display banners... There are no restrictions. Without insulting, the club's members can come and express their feelings. Camp Nou's a stadium which we have always acted in a pacific way.

"I think in this case, there's no reason to suspend the game. It's a Clasico, an important match. We're in an exceptional moment in the history of Catalunya and Barcelona have come out against the things which we do not agree with."  


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