‘Absolutely no’ Clasico cancellation

Spain’s Minister of the Interior Jorge Fernandez Diaz repeats there is no reason to cancel the Real Madrid-Barcelona game on Saturday.

It had been suggested that the first Clasico of the season was in doubt for security reasons after the attacks in Paris last week and games between Spain and Belgium and Germany and the Netherlands being called off.

“At this time, we don’t consider calling off the game, absolutely not,” Fernandez Diaz told RAC 1, Marca reports.

“We propose intense security for obvious reasons but at the moment the circumstances to suspend the game don’t exist.

“There will be a lot of security reinforcements to control not only access [to the stadium] but also around the stadium. It will be a very intensive operation.

“Right now I want to convey a message of tranquillity and serenity, although I understand why people are worried. I want people to trust the security services and the services in the fight against terrorism.

“The Anti-Violence Commission will meet on Wednesday afternoon and declare the game high-risk, for obvious reasons, but with the desire the game goes on as normal.”