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El Clasico spoof proves social media hit

Published 1601 GMT (0001 HKT) October 8, 2017
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El Clasico between Barcelona and Real Madrid is one of the most hotly contested and eagerly anticipated matches in world soccer with both superstar sides attracting a massive following. OSCAR DEL POZO/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Barcelona's game against Las Palmas was played in an empty stadium, with the club's slogan -- "more than a club" -- clearly visible on the seats. Barca took the decision on safety grounds as violent scenes took place on the day of the Catalonia independence vote, ruled illegal by the Spanish government. Alex Caparros/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
Barcelona pose for a team photo wearing shirts in the colors of the Catalan flag, prior to kickoff during the La Liga match between Barcelona and Las Palmas. Alex Caparros/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
Spectators queue to access the stadium ahead of the La Liga match between Barcelona and Las Palma. The match was eventually played with empty stands after the events occurred in Catalonia during the voting of a independence referendum declared illegal and undemocratic by the Spanish government. Alex Caparros/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
Real Madrid fans wave Spanish flags during the La Liga match between Real Madrid and Espanyol to show their opposition to the Catalonia independence referendum on the same day. Denis Doyle/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
A fan poses in front of a poster of Barcelona where the picture of defender Gerard Pique has been vandalized outside the club's Camp Nou stadium which was closed as part of a general strike in Barcelona called by Catalan unions on October 3, 2017.Several hundred thousand Catalans rallied in fury at police violence against voters during a banned independence referendum, as Madrid accused regional authorities of "inciting rebellion". Barcelona football club refused to train as part of an accompanying strike, which officials said slowed down public transport and freight shipments in the port of Barcelona. Pique is an outspoken defender of the wealthy northeastern Spanish region's right to self-determination. JOSEP LAGO/AFP/AFP/Getty Images