This site uses cookies. By accepting cookies you can optimise your browsing experience. Read more.
03:15

Spain: Zidane and Valverde focus on football in wake of protests at 'El Clasico'

Spain, Barcelona
December 19, 2019 at 16:48 GMT +00:00 · Published

The managers of Real Madrid and Barcelona reflected on the drawn 'El Clasico' during a press conference in Barcelona on Wednesday.

The La Liga match, which ended 0-0 at Camp Nou, was played amid heightened tensions on the streets outside where Catalan independence protests descended into violence as police clashed with protesters. Inside the stadium thousands of fans held banners in support of Catalan independence

Both Ernesto Valverde and Zinedine Zidane dodged questions relating to the protests, instead preferring to focus on the game itself.

"I am just interested in the sports part of it and there was a draw. We would like to have played at the scheduled time, but it was today," said Valverde.

Zidane for his part said, "I think everything went well, that's what is important, we all wanted to watch a good football match, and I think we all can be happy because we did."

La Liga's biggest match was postponed in October due to protests in the city held in the wake of the jailing of Catalan independence leaders.

03:15
Pool for subscribers only
Restrictions

Mandatory Credit: La Liga / Cannot be resold

No Account? Sign up!
Description

The managers of Real Madrid and Barcelona reflected on the drawn 'El Clasico' during a press conference in Barcelona on Wednesday.

The La Liga match, which ended 0-0 at Camp Nou, was played amid heightened tensions on the streets outside where Catalan independence protests descended into violence as police clashed with protesters. Inside the stadium thousands of fans held banners in support of Catalan independence

Both Ernesto Valverde and Zinedine Zidane dodged questions relating to the protests, instead preferring to focus on the game itself.

"I am just interested in the sports part of it and there was a draw. We would like to have played at the scheduled time, but it was today," said Valverde.

Zidane for his part said, "I think everything went well, that's what is important, we all wanted to watch a good football match, and I think we all can be happy because we did."

La Liga's biggest match was postponed in October due to protests in the city held in the wake of the jailing of Catalan independence leaders.

Trending
Top downloads in last 24 hours
View all videos
01:00
China: Air-raid sirens ring out in Wuhan as three-minute silence held to honour COVID-19 victims
April 04 at 07:12 GMT +00:00
02:27
Ecuador: Corpses lay on streets and at homes as authorities struggle to cope with COVID-19 outbreak
April 04 at 06:15 GMT +00:00
Pool for subscribers only
01:00
Russia: Emergency responders get to work at collapsed Moscow region residential building
April 04 at 12:26 GMT +00:00
01:15
China: Country remembers coronavirus victims on national day of mourning
April 04 at 07:36 GMT +00:00
03:06
China: Shenzhen slowly returns to normal as covid cases dwindle
April 03 at 20:30 GMT +00:00
01:39
USA: SpaceX’s third Starship prototype rocket explodes during testing in Texas
April 03 at 22:03 GMT +00:00
Pool for subscribers only
02:10
Turkey: Erdogan imposes partial curfew, puts 31 cities on COVID-19 lockdown
April 03 at 22:07 GMT +00:00
01:29
USA: Horn-honking protest slams SF's treatment of homeless amid COVID-19 crisis
April 04 at 02:56 GMT +00:00
01:51
USA: NYC's Queens deserted as hospital overwhelmed by COVID-19 patients
April 03 at 22:53 GMT +00:00
00:18
Germany: Cloud of smoke over Berlin's Lichtenberg as fire ravages residential buildings
April 03 at 23:22 GMT +00:00
04:33
Italy: Residents of elderly home ‘practically live in terror’ as facility struggles with COVID-19 outbreak
April 03 at 22:48 GMT +00:00
02:41
Panama: Gender-based quarantine introduced to fight COVID-19 pandemic
April 04 at 01:12 GMT +00:00
Pool for subscribers only
00:37
Russia: One person killed following gas explosion at Moscow region apartment building - EMERCOM
April 04 at 11:25 GMT +00:00
02:22
USA: Cleaning crew on COVID-19 frontline in Washington DC
April 04 at 02:06 GMT +00:00
03:17
Russia: ‘There was a guy covered in blood’ – witness recounts Orekhovo-Zuevo collapse rescue
April 04 at 17:24 GMT +00:00
01:37
USA: Firefighters pay tribute to health workers fighting coronavirus in New York City
April 04 at 05:09 GMT +00:00
Pool for subscribers only
02:10
Match made online - See quarantined Russian couple hold virtual wedding ceremony
April 04 at 18:51 GMT +00:00
03:45
Cuba: Cojimar local fashions coronavirus masks from women's bras
April 03 at 21:34 GMT +00:00
00:37
Russia: EMERCOM on site as criminal case opened into deadly Orekhovo-Zuevo building collapse
April 04 at 13:30 GMT +00:00
00:40
France: Two dead, several injured after knife attack in Romans-sur-Isere
April 04 at 14:01 GMT +00:00
View all videos