REAL MADRID will play Barcelona in a rearranged El Clasico on December 18, the Spanish FA has confirmed.
Talks between the Spanish football authorities and the two clubs have been ongoing for a number of days after the initial clash was abandoned amid Catalan political protests.
Set for October 26, security fears were sparked by demonstrations across Barcelona following the imprisonment of regional separatist leaders.
The city was forced to shut several major sites including the Sagrada Familia Cathedral and protests at the airport grounded over 100 flights.
The rival clubs quickly agreed on the Wednesday December 18 date but it required verification from the Spanish FA (RFEF).
La Liga bosses disagreed and sought to move the derby to Wednesday December 4 or the afternoon of Saturday December 7.
At its meeting today, the Committee analysed the latest preferences of both clubs, which maintain the initial proposal to play the game on December 18.
This is because the new date clashes with Copa del Rey matches and there were fears over a loss of TV revenue for competing clubs.
There was even a suggestion the original October 26 date would be switched from the Camp Nou to Real's Bernabeu home.
There is still the possibility La Liga appeals the verdict to Spain's Competition Committee – particularly as the division holds a spiky relationship with the RFEF.
League president Javier Tebas and RFEF chief Luis Rubiales have publicly clashed on matters such as Monday night kick-offs and playing competitive games abroad.
Despite their worst start to a campaign in 25 years, Barcelona are back on top in the league table.
Real Madrid's loss to Mallorca on the weekend leaves them a point behind with both teams now facing a busy run of games before the Christmas break.
Valencia welcome Los Blancos to the east coast before El Clasico with Athletic Bilbao on the agenda straight after.
Barcelona, meanwhile, travel to Inter Milan and Real Sociedad before welcoming Real to the Camp Nou.
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