Barcelona - Real Madrid match postponed amid protests in support of jailed Catalan leaders

Barcelona - Real Madrid match postponed amid protests in support of jailed Catalan leaders
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  • calendar-gray 18 October 2019

The Spanish soccer federation (RFEF) announced on Friday that it would postpone a match between Barcelona and Real Madrid that was to take place on 26 October amid the ongoing protests in the city, APA reports citing Sputnik.

The statement comes as earlier in the week the organising body of La Liga football division called on the RFEF to rearrange the match, citing security concerns amid protests in support of jailed Catalan leaders.

On 14 October, Spain's Supreme Court sentenced nine out of 12 former Catalan pro-independence leaders to prison over their role in organising Catalonia's independence referendum in 2017.

The referendum ended with more than 90% of voters, saying 'yes' to Catalonia's independence from Spain. Madrid did not recognise the results of the vote and arrested several Catalan leaders.

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