Barcelona President, Josep Maria Bartomeu.
Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu stated on Thursday the Clasico in opposition to Real Madrid subsequent week is not going to be postponed once more, amid renewed fears of unrest across the fixture.
Protestors from the Catalan separatist motion, Democratic Tsunami, have referred to as for a “massive” protest exterior Camp Nou, the place Barcelona are resulting from play in opposition to Real Madrid in La Liga on December 18.
Spain’s most prestigious fixture was initially scheduled for October 26 however needed to be postponed following a wave of pro-independence demonstrations within the metropolis.
“I can say that the Clasico will be played, it will not be postponed again,” Bartomeu stated at a Christmas press occasion in Barcelona.
“It is everyone’s responsibility to ensure it goes ahead. We know that we live in a complicated period in Catalonia but that can be compatible with sport.
“Our stadium is a place for free expression, it always has been, and that is why we want to send out a message of normality and calm.
“The club is preparing for the Clasico with complete normality and we tell our fans to come with their family and friends.
“Together we have to deliver a Clasico that is a celebration of sport and of people. We want peace and calm.”
Democratic Tsunami have urged protestors to collect at 4 factors round Camp Nou from 4:00 pm (1500 GMT), 4 hours earlier than kick-off.
“In an exceptional situation, we should act in an exceptional way,” stated an announcement from the group on Tuesday.
The rally is the most recent in a sequence of demonstrations that started two months in the past when Spain’s prime courtroom jailed 9 Catalan separatist leaders over their position in a failed 2017 bid for independence.