It’s the biggest club game in world football, and the rivalry between Barcelona and Real Madrid has reached some intense levels over the years.
Just ask Luis Figo.
But their dislike for one another could delve into politics this weekend, with Los Blancos set to host their Catalan enemies for the first time since Catalonia’s independence referendum in September, with the region determined to break off from Madrid and the rest of Spain.
And the powers that be at Real have insisted that there will be no Catalan flags allowed into the Bernabeu stadium when the sides meet on Saturday evening.
The starred flagged, often referred to as ‘esteladas’, is seen as a symbol of Catalan power and independence, but will be confiscated from Barcelona supporters if they try to bring it into the hotly anticipated El Clasico, according to Spanish newspaper Marca.
The report claims that Real do not want to see the Santiago Bernabéu used for political means. Their instructions are clear and they have no intention of allowing the club to be linked with any kind of political protest similar to those seen recently at the Camp Nou.
UEFA has already fined Barcelona three times over similar displays, most notably during Champions League games.