Violent incidents after El Clásico football match in Spain

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Protesters have clashed with police outside a Barcelona and Real Madrid football match at Nou Camp in Spain.

Thousands of fans inside the stadium held up banners urging the Spanish government to “sit and talk” with those demanding Catalan independence.

The match had been postponed in October over protests against the jailing of nine Catalan separatist leaders.

Many Barcelona fans and other protesters want a legal independence referendum for the region.

Before the game a secretive Catalan protest group, Democratic Tsunami, said on Twitter it would distribute 100,000 banners to fans. It also told them to bring inflatable balls and to write on them a “message for the world”.

Protests ahead of FC Barcelona and Real Madrid soccer match
Protesters and Catalan regional police members clash in the surroundings of Camp Nou stadium. EPA-EFE/Marta Pérez

Police charged masked protesters who set rubbish bins on fire.

At least 12 people were reportedly injured in the clashes.

Protests ahead of FC Barcelona and Real Madrid soccer match
Protesters and Catalan regional police members clash in the surroundings of Camp Nou stadium. EPA-EFE/Quique Garcia

The match, known as “El Clásico”, was been due to be played two months ago but was postponed due to unrest after Spain’s Supreme Court in October sentenced nine Catalan separatist leaders to up to 13 years in prison.

The game ended in a 0-0 draw, leaving Barcelona top the league ahead of Real Madrid on goal difference.

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