Barcelona vs. Real Madrid: El Clasico rescheduled for December after Catalonia protests

The competition committee for the Spanish Football Federation announced on Wednesday that El Clasico between Barcelona and Real Madrid, originally scheduled for Oct. 26, will take place on Dec. 18. The match was originally postponed last week as a result of the violent protests in Catalonia. The two teams had to agree on a new date by last Monday, and now it has been confirmed as when the two rivals will meet in the Camp Nou. 

The chaos in the region saw people protest the lengthy prison sentences for nine leaders who are pushing for the Catalan region's independence from Spain. The protests have resulted in fires in the streets and numerous injuries. CBS News has the latest on the unrest in Catalonia.

Barcelona proposed to have the matched played on Wednesday, Dec. 18, which comes sandwiched between two other league games over the weekend. That would mean both Real Madrid and Barcelona would have three games in the span of eight days, which is not uncommon. Kickoff time for the match has yet to be announced. 

The game was scheduled to be played at the Camp Nou, and that appears to still be the goal, assuming all goes well. It certainly makes sense because safety has to be the No. 1 priority, no matter how big the game. This match was originally scheduled to start at 7 a.m. ET, so assuming the rescheduled version takes place at a later hour, that would likely result in much better viewership numbers in the west, especially in the United States where La Liga continues to target growth. This comes as La Liga looks to host a league game between Atletico Madrid and Villarreal in Miami. You can watch La Liga on fuboTV (Try for free). 

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