Real Madrid and Barcelona must choose new El Clasico date after postponement

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The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) has confirmed in a statement on Friday afternoon that the El Clasico fixture intended for October 26 will be postponed.

Speculation about the decision had been bubbling away for weeks and had arisen because of the political tensions in Catalunya, where the legendary fixture was due to be held.

There had been suggestions that, in order to quell security concerns, hosting duties would be reversed and this opening El Clasico would in fact be staged at the Bernabeu.

However, that is not the case. It was revealed that after an 'extraordinary' session of the RFEF Competition Committee, postponement was deemed the right decision for both parties.

The responsibility now lies with Barcelona and Real Madrid themselves to formally agree a revised fixture, which must be confirmed by Monday, October 21, at 10am.

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If no agreement can be settled between the Spanish rivals, they will lose autonomy over the scheduling and the Competition Committee will instead dictate the new date.

The news will come as a relief to many key figures at Barcelona who wanted to respect the original schedule and not be faced with an unexpected excursion to the capital.

Per BBC Sport, Ernesto Valverde said of the matter: "We don't envisage El Clasico being played in the Bernabeu and we want to respect the schedule. There are still nine days to go.

"They're anticipating certain different circumstances and while we know that this week has been out of the ordinary, we are hopeful of playing the game at our ground. That's what we want to do."

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