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La Liga prepone Real Madrid’s final match vs Real Betis to accommodate Taylor Swift concert at the Bernabeu

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The Santiago Bernabeu is among the most iconic football stadiums in the world, but concurrently, a historically special institution in Spain.

The renowned venue has hosted innumerable iconic clashes over the years, and its renovation has only elevated its status as one of the best stadiums on the planet.

It thus does not come as a surprise that the Bernabeu, now fully renovated, is rapidly gaining traction as a place for top artists and exhibition matches to take place.

If the NFL game scheduled at the venue was not enough, the Real Madrid Stadium is also set to host a Taylor Swift concert later this year.

Formal request

The American singer is scheduled to perform in Madrid on the 29th and 30th of May 2024. The one obstacle, however, was that Los Blancos had their last La Liga game of the season against Real Betis scheduled that same week.

The Merengues thus officially requested a change of date so that both events could take place without affecting the other.

The Athletic report that La Liga have now agreed to the proposal, changing the date of Real Madrid’s game.

Los Blancos will now play Los Verdiblancos on May 25th at home, while the concerts will be held on the 29th and 30th as planned.

The NFL game

Real Madrid are certainly looking to extract the most from the world-class stadium they have built in the heart of Madrid. In addition to the Taylor Swift concert, the Bernabeu is also set to host an NFL match as confirmed earlier this year.

The NFL will arrive in Spain for the first time in 2025 and will play an exhibition match at the Bernabeu with the objective of improving the league’s popularity in the country.

The Civitas Metropolitano gave tough competition in the bid to secure rights, but in the end, the Nuevo Santiago Bernabeu came out on top.

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Barcelona find legal precedent to replay El Clasico after ‘ghost goal’ controversy

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Barcelona’s recent defeat to Real Madrid in El Clasico appears to have caused calamity inside the Catalan camp.

The defeat has effectively ruled Barça out of the title race while further diminishing the chances of Xavi staying at Camp Nou.

Amid all this, Barcelona president Joan Laporta appears to be having a hard swallowing the result and has gone on a rampage against the use of VAR, which notably annulled a goal from Lamine Yamal after it was cleared from behind the line by Andriy Lunin.

A day after the result, Laporta even warned that Barcelona might seek legal measures to try and replay El Clasico if they find any evidence of wrongdoings. And that statement could now soon turn into reality.

Barcelona consider legal measures

According to Cadena SER, Barcelona are considering legal action under the guidance of none other than Laporta to force a replay.

Their inspiration? An incident earlier this year in the Belgian League, where a VAR error led to the permission for a replay of an Anderlecht vs Genk match, although the decision was later annulled by the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS).

Joan Laporta ready to take legal measures. (Photo by JOSEP LAGO/AFP via Getty Images)

CAS is the apex body for all things related to sports. And although the entity was involved in annulling the replay between Genk and Anderlecht, Barcelona are hopeful they would intervene in this matter.

The Catalans are aware that local bodies such as RFEF and CTA might not cooperate with Barcelona, knowing the image and prestige of Spanish football could be at stake.

As such, Barça are hopeful of intervention from CAS. They want the apex court to look into the matter and stage a replay of the Clasico.

Barca’s threats of legal action, including potentially involving the CAS, seem like a desperate attempt to try and remain in the title race – the only avenue for silverware left for the Catalans this season.

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