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Barcelona, Real Madrid Agree on December 18 Date for El Clasico

first_img barcelonaCataloniaEl Clasicofootball First Published: October 18, 2019, 7:14 PM IST Madrid: Barcelona and Real Madrid have agreed a new date of December 18 for the Clasico after Spain’s biggest football match was postponed on Friday due to protests in Catalonia.The fixture was set to be Barcelona’s first home game since nine pro-Catalan independence leaders were sentenced to imprisonment on Monday for their role in the illegal referendum in 2017. Barca and Madrid swiftly came to an agreement, hours after the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) announced they had until 10:00am (0800 GMT) on Monday to find a revised date for the game.All that remains is for the RFEF to confirm the change with La Liga, although the league would prefer the match take place on December 7.December 7 is a Saturday and has more potential for broadcasters but it would require moving both Barcelona against Real Mallorca and Madrid against Espanyol.December 18 is a Wednesday and would clash with the Copa del Rey but neither Barca nor Madrid will be involved at that stage of Spain’s domestic cup competition.In a statement on Friday, Barcelona stressed their belief that the original fixture, scheduled for October 26 at Camp Nou, should have gone ahead.”The club’s desire was to play the Clasico at Camp Nou on the 26th, the date and time previously agreed and the Committee was informed of this in writing,” read the Barcelona statement.”The club has the utmost confidence in the peaceful behaviour of its members and fans who always express themselves in exemplary fashion at Camp Nou.”Nevertheless, having received the decision of the RFEF Competition Committee to postpone the game citing ‘exceptional circumstances’ and given that it falls to the clubs to agree a new date for the game before Monday, the club will propose December 18.”VENUE SWITCH RULED OUTReal Madrid later added: “Real Madrid wishes to communicate that the date proposed by both clubs is the 18th of December.”Barcelona added the club “regrets the inconvenience” caused to fans and will refund those that had bought tickets for the original fixture.The imprisonment of pro-independence leaders has sparked violent demonstrations across the city and there were fears protesters would use the match against Madrid to stage further acts of unrest.Barcelona’s football club is regarded as a symbol of Catalanism and had responded on Monday with a statement insisting “prison sentences are not the solution”.La Liga then proposed to the RFEF the venue of the Clasico be changed from Camp Nou to Madrid’s Santiago Bernabeu but both clubs opposed the switch.Instead, it has been decided a change of date is necessary due to what the RFEF described as “exceptional circumstances”.”The RFEF agrees to dismiss the request made by La Liga in relation to reversing the order of the matches played between Barcelona and Real Madrid,” an RFEF statement read earlier on Friday.”FC Barcelona and Real Madrid must agree on the new date of the meeting before October 21.”In case of not reaching an agreement, the Competition Committee will be responsible for determining the date of the meeting.”After the Catalan independence referendum in 2017, Barcelona played a league match against Las Palmas behind closed doors in protest, after their request for a postponement was rejected.Barca play away at Eibar in La Liga on Saturday and planned to make the 589-kilometre journey by bus to avoid demonstrations at El Prat airport.Real Madrid also play on Saturday, away at Real Mallorca. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

Almost 900 people receive medical attention during Montreal race events

first_imgMONTREAL – Almost 900 people received medical attention as 10-kilometre and half-marathon events took place in Montreal under blazing heat, the event’s medical co-ordinator said Sunday.The shorter events were still held even after Montreal marathon organizers cancelled the full 42.2-kilometre marathon due to concerns over high heat and humidity.Eddy Afram said the number of medical interventions was higher than usual, but still in line with the organizers’ expectations given the temperature, which was expected to reach 30 C by Sunday afternoon.In comparison, Afram said about 500 to 600 people are usually treated when temperatures are between 15 and 18 C.In a phone interview, he said organizers made the right decision in cancelling the feature event, which would have required several more hours of running under increasingly hot temperatures.“This was the best compromise and a good consolation race for those who couldn’t do the marathon,” he said.He said most of the treatments were for heat stroke or common running injuries such as cramps and muscle strains.Afram said organizers took numerous precautions to keep people safe, including increasing the number of medical staff, adding 18 more water stations and installing a spray system at the finish line.The event also kicked off an hour early to avoid the hottest part of the day.The region’s emergency medical service also sent 10 ambulances and set up a command post to monitor the health of both runners and spectators.A spokesman for Urgences-Sante said paramedics transported five people to hospital, while another 20 were taken to a medical clinic at the race site.last_img read more