Catalan derby called off
The game was originally scheduled for July 31 but was initially postponed when Barcelona indicated their intentions to send their reserve team due to fixture congestion.
The Catalan Football Federation (FCF) then proposed a new date, September 26, which Barcelona were happy to accept.
However, Espanyol announced that they were not keen on re-scheduling and as a result the FCF has announced that the game has been called off indefinitely.
“We have been talking about this match for four months, it was intended to raise funds for smaller clubs,” read a statement from Espanyol CEO Joan Collet.
“We had all agreed it would be played in the pre-season. Then at the last moment Barça says it’s going to play its reserves. That shows a lack of respect.
Collet had hoped that this failed initiative would not affect the good working relationship between the two Catalan sides, but a response from Barcelona president Joan Gaspart directed the blame towards Espanyol.
“If the game has been cancelled it’s because they turned down the 26th,” Gaspart told reporters. “They are no match for Barcelona in sporting terms.”