La Liga rejects moving Seville derby date

La Liga have rejected a request from the Seville City Council and the Government Subdelegation to move the upcoming Seville derby.

The match is scheduled for the Sunday night of 10 November – the date which coincides with the upcoming General Election in Spain.

The local authorities have therefore asked to move the date due to constraints on police and security services that day, but this has been rejected by La Liga.

Marca say that the league argue that the polls will already be closed by the time the match kicks off (9pm local time) while a plethora of other outlets say there is no other workable dates for the fixture.

Sevilla play in the Europa League on Thursday night so therefore Friday and Saturday have both been ruled out as an option, while Monday is also not applicable – Spanish FA have ruled out matches on Monday, while that is also the day – as set by FIFA – that clubs must allow their players to join international squads that day, ahead of the international break.

It follows on from the recent postponement of El Clasico between Barcelona and Real Madrid, scheduled for 26 October, due to social unrest in Catalonia.