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MADRID - The Spanish League is considering legal action against the Spanish Royal Football Federation (RFEF), which decided that "El Clásico" between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid will take place during a working week in December. It was originally scheduled to play at Camp Nou on Saturday, October 26, at 13.00, but for the safety of both players and fans, the opening of the El Clásico season in Barcelona will only take place on Wednesday 18 December.
Shortly after the publication of this information, La Liga management issued an opinion. The new term was proposed by the clubs, but the top Spanish contest representatives wanted it to be played on Saturday, December 7, which would be more suitable for TV rights holders. Barca and Real are among the most watched football duel on the planet. On Saturday it would be played from 1 pm, which would be welcomed by viewers from the Asian continent. It will start at night in the middle of the week, which may cause problems with adherence to contracts with broadcasting rights holders.
The dispute over "El Clásico" increased tensions in the relationship between the league and the Spanish Federation. League president Javier Tebas and federal chief Luis Rubiales have differing views on a number of issues concerning Spanish league football. One of them is to play regular contests in the US. The Spanish League manages the two highest competitions, the other leagues are under the administration of the Federation.
La Liga officials said they would explore what steps they could take to keep the game from being played on December 18th.