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El Clasico not at risk of being postponed due to coronavirus

The game should take place as scheduled

Ahead of the 180th La Liga El Clasico Photo by Burak Akbulut/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

La Liga president Javier Tebas has said Sunday’s Clasico at the Santiago Bernabeu is not at risk of being postponed due to coronavirus.

Barcelona reportedly received an informative talk about coronavirus during Friday’s training session about prevention methods after the virus spread across the globe.

Football has already been affected with games in Italy being called off and a number of Serie A fixtures set to take place behind-closed-doors.

Tebas spoke about the situation and said they do have plans in place should the situation worsen but are not expecting to have to use them currently.

“We haven’t considered the possibility of postponing the Clasico or any other games, but as of Sunday evening we have opened a coronavirus commission within LaLiga to monitor the situation,” he said.

”We have a plan in place for different cities regarding whether we can play behind closed doors or not. That situation has not yet arisen in Madrid and neither has the matter of postponing the Clasico.

“It’s one thing to postpone a game and another not to play it. We have been looking at the possibility of playing games behind closed doors and, if that is not possible, then we will postpone.

”If that case arises, we have dates prepared for when we can stage those games. We have presented this plan to UEFA so they can also bear in mind European ties involving Spanish teams.”

Source | Goal

The Clasico has already been postponed once this season. The two teams met in December at the Camp Nou in a fixture that was originally scheduled for October but had to be rearranged because of security issues in Barcelona.