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    Barcelona - Real Madrid Match Postponed Amid Protests in Support of Jailed Catalan Leaders

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    Earlier this week, a wave of protests hit the streets of Barcelona after nine out of 12 former Catalan pro-independence leaders were sentenced to prison on 14 October.

    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.

    El Clasico game was initially scheduled to be held at Camp Nou Stadium in Barcelona on October 26. La Liga — the national championship — has reportedly asked the federation to switch the game to Madrid's Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.

    The new date will have to be determined no later than 8 a.m. GMT October 21. If the two clubs cannot reach an agreement, the federation will make the decision.

    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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