El Cla­sico will be played, says Barca pres­i­dent Bar­tomeu

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Barcelona pres­i­dent Josep Maria Bar­tomeu said on Thurs­day the El Cla­sico against Real Madrid next week will not be post­poned again, amid re­newed fears of un­rest around the fix­ture. Pro­tes­tors from the Cata­lan sep­a­ratist move­ment, Demo­cratic Tsunami, have called for a 'mas­sive' protest out­side Camp Nou, where Barcelona is due to play against Real Madrid in Span­ish League on De­cem­ber 18. Spain's most pres­ti­gious fix­ture was orig­i­nally sched­uled for Oc­to­ber 26 but had to be post­poned fol­low­ing a wave of pro-in­de­pen­dence demon­stra­tions in the city. "I can say that the Cla­sico will be played, it will not be post­poned again," Bar­tomeu said at a Christ­mas press event in Barcelona. "It is ev­ery­one's re­spon­si­bil­ity to en­sure it goes ahead. We know that we live in a com­pli­cated pe­riod in Cat­alo­nia but that can be com­pat­i­ble with sport. Our sta­dium is a place for free ex­pres­sion, it al­ways has been, and that is why we want to send out a mes­sage of nor­mal­ity and calm.”

For­mer Olympic cham­pion Young in­jured in bus crash

For­mer Olympic 400m hurdles gold medal­list Kevin Young was hos­pi­talised af­ter be­ing in­volved in a bus crash in Wales, lo­cal me­dia re­ported on Fri­day. Amer­i­can star Young, 53, who set a world record at the Barcelona Games in 1992 and won the world ti­tle at Stuttgart a year later, was among eight peo­ple in­jured when the ve­hi­cle col­lided with a bridge in Swansea, south Wales, the WalesOn­line site re­ported. Young posted im­ages on his Twit­ter ac­count show­ing the bus roof se­verely dam­aged and cuts on the top of his head.

Ar­gen­tine Lavezzi re­tires af­ter ‘amaz­ing' and lu­cra­tive ca­reer

Ar­gen­tine in­ter­na­tional for­ward Eze­quiel Lavezzi con­firmed on Fri­day that he was re­tir­ing from play­ing at the age of 34, end­ing 'the most amaz­ing phase life has given me'. Lavezzi played 51 times for Ar­gentina and was in the start­ing lineup when it lost the 2014 World Cup fi­nal to Ger­many. He played five sea­sons at Napoli and five at Paris Saint-Ger­main be­fore fin­ish­ing his ca­reer in Heibei For­tune in China where he was, when he ar­rived, the high­est-paid player in the world. Lavezzi made his last ap­pear­ance for Heibei on Novem­ber 27, scor­ing as the team lost to cham­pion Ever­grande in the penul­ti­mate round of the sea­son. Wik­ileaks re­vealed that when he moved from Paris to Heibei in Fe­bru­ary 2016 it was for an es­ti­mated salary of US$59mn over 23 months.

Ney­mar hits Barca with fresh law­suit

Brazil­ian for­ward Ney­mar has filed a fresh law­suit against Barcelona to de­mand some three mil­lion eu­ros of un­paid wages from his pre­vi­ous stint at the Span­ish club, a ju­di­cial source said on Fri­day. The law­suit was filed 'a few weeks ago', the source said, con­firm­ing a re­port pub­lished in Span­ish daily news­pa­per El Mundo which said the Paris Saint-Ger­main (PSG) player was su­ing the Cata­lan giants to col­lect '3.2 mil­lion eu­ros (US$3.6mn) re­lat­ing to his July 2017 salary'.

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