LA LIGA WEEKEND PREVIEW: Villarreal look to end Alaves hoodoo as ‘Spain’s Leicester’ aim to go top

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This was the weekend the world was supposed to have its eyes fixated on the grandest and most significant game in Spain.But because of a political decision made by football people, that is now not the case.Instead, we will have to wait until December 18 to watch El Clasico between Barcelona and Real Madrid. Barcelona will welcome Real Madrid in El Clasico in December now after it was postponedThe motive for postponing Spanish football’s biggest fixture was the serious street protests and clashes with police which began in Barcelona last week after nine Catalan separatist leaders were jailed for their role in a failed 2017 independence referendum.Another huge demonstration was planned for Saturday – originally, the scheduled day of the game – which prompted unprecedented action from football authorities.La Liga first proposed to switch location from the Nou Camp to the Bernabeu, but that fell on deaf ears with neither Barcelona or Real Madrid overly struck by the idea.The Spanish government then got involved, publicly admitting they saw no reason why the game needed to be put back for security reasons. El Clasico was due to be played at Nou Camp on Saturday but is off due to planned protestsEuroLeague has not allowed Barcelona to cancel the club’s basketball match on Friday and there are other sporting events going ahead this weekend. However, fears that the match would be used as a platform for protests in the presence of an estimated global TV audience of 650 million proved too ominous for Spanish Football Federation chiefs not to postpone the derby.Since then, the row over the rescheduled date has descended into farce with La Liga threatening to take legal action against the SFF – and they have this week appealed their decision to play the game on December 18.Not only will there be financial implications from this unnecessary decision, but La Liga’s global reputation is bound to suffer as a result.Villarreal vs Alaves – Friday, 8pmThere was a reoc

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