Messi, Neymar and Suarez celebrate / MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB

The board of the Royal Spanish Football Federation accepted on Wednesday the proposal of the Spanish Footballers' Association to bring forward Week 17 of the league to December 30th and 31st. As a result, the matches that were to be played on the weekend of the 2nd and 3rd of January have instead been rescheduled for the last two days of the calendar year. One of these is the Barça v Betis game at the Camp Nou.

Due to these changes, the last day of La Liga has also been brought forward. The league was scheduled to end on 22 May but will now conclude one week earlier, on the 15th. Therefore, all matches from January onwards have been brought forward by a week, as too has the Copa del Rey final which will now be played on Saturday 21 May.

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