Supporters of both Real Madrid and Barcelona will get an early Christmas present as the first El Clasico of the season has been scheduled for 13:00 CET on Saturday, December 23.
The match was originally due to be played on Wednesday, December 20 but Los Blancos play the Club World Cup in the United Arab Emirates during the previous weekend and so have been given extra rest.
Javier Tebas was the guest on the program ‘El Transistor’ and confirmed the date of the fixture at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, which corresponds to the 17th week of league matches.
“The first Barcelona-Madrid game in LaLiga will be played on Saturday, December 23 at 13.00,” he said.
Questioned on the change of date and time, Tebas was up front as to his reasons.
“The only thing that has to be explained is that Mediapro’s offer was the best that came to LaLiga,” he continued.
There have been recent suggestions that an independent Catalonia could see Barcelona drop out of LaLiga, something Tebas wouldn’t countenance.
“LaLiga would be hurt if Barcelona didn’t play in it,” he said.
“But the Law of Sport is clear in the case of independence; Barcelona could not choose as only Spanish teams can play in LaLiga.”