A friendly was due to be held between Barcelona and Manchester City in the coming weeks to raise funds for charities that support ALS, but it has been postponed and won’t now take place ahead of the 2021/22 season.
The match was scheduled to raise funds for ALS charities, following former Barcelona assistant coach Juan Carlos Unzue’s diagnosis with the disease. But, it has been cancelled for the foreseeable future due to the fact that coronavirus restrictions would prevent the Catalan club from hosting the game in front of a big Camp Nou crowd.
“It’s a very difficult decision for me, but we’ve decided to postpone the match,” Unzue told TV3.
“The only objective of the match was to raise as much money as possible for ALS research, so I think this is the best decision. It’s a unique event that we can’t repeat, so we want to wait to be able to make a big amount.
“I feel confident, through Rafa Yuste at Barcelona and the likes of Pep Guardiola and Txiki Begiristain at Manchester City. They’ve told me that this wasn’t an event tied to a specific date.
“This match will be played when we find another time in the calendar that suits both teams. If it can’t be during this season then the plan is to hold it at the start of next season. So, in roughly a year.”