December’s first high profile clash of the season between Barcelona and Real Madrid will take place at a time that suits Asian and North American television audiences, La Liga’s president said on Wednesday.

The ‘Clasico’ will take place at 4.15pm (1515 GMT) at Barca’s Camp Nou on December 3.

La Liga president Javier Tebas said three time slots had been considered before agreeing on the one that would suit both the Asian and North American markets.

“There are seven hours difference with Asia and playing at 6.30pm was too late. And playing at 1pm was too early for the American market,” Tebas told Spanish radio station Cadena Ser.

The ‘Clasico’ is a crucial product for La Liga who publicise it as the most-watched club match in the world with 600 million TV viewers. – Agence France-Presse

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