Real Madrid fans protest symbolically to the late night timings of LaLiga which were decided to aid fans globally.
Published By: Dalipinder Singh Sandhu (Bliss)
The Real Madrid fans have who have been used to evening timing of 8:15 PM CET found it difficult to make it at the new 10:15 PM CET on a Sunday night.
Estadio Santiago Bernabeu hosted the first game of LaLiga for Real Madrid this season against Getafe where the Los Blancos started their season with a 2-0 win with strikes from Dani Carvajal and Gareth Bale.
Though all was not positive of the night for the reigning European Champions as their home ground recorded the lowest attendance in a decade. 48,466 fans showed up at the odd hour of 10:15 PM CET with the FT whistle being blown at 12:05 AM CET.
The decision to host late night games was taken as LaLiga sets their aim to overthrow English Premier League from the most viewed league. LaLiga decided to host games late night as a step to attract more audience world over who would have a rather comfortable time zone.
Earlier LaLiga matches used to be kicked off either at 2:15 PM, 5:30 PM or 8:15 PM and on rare scenarios at 9:00 PM CET.
Some of the fans of Cristiano Ronaldo claim it to be the ripple effect of the star’s departure. This might be one of the factors as Real Madrid fans have been less excited due to the exit of Ronaldo and Zidane. The management didn’t add to the building of enthusiasm by not signing any galáctico until now. Also, the loss to Atlético de Madrid in UEFA Super Cup has taken away the joy factor.
This argument, however, doesn’t stand when the attendance for Santiago Bernabeu Trophy is considered which was held at 9:00 PM CET on the 11th day of August 2018 where Real Madrid played against AC Milan and the stadium was reportedly sold out with all 81,044 seats occupied.
The German playmaker Toni Kroos also took a dig at the odd match timings of LaLiga with his subliminal tweet saying “Usually I’m asleep at this time”.
I am happier then it seems, but usually I am asleep at this time. pic.twitter.com/MWy9W9URry
— Toni Kroos (@ToniKroos) August 19, 2018
The people who have to attend to their workplaces early the next morning may not have found it worthy to attend the game against a humble side on a late Sunday night, but may be coming in on the next home game against CD Leganes at 8:45 PM CET on Saturday, 1 day of September 2018.
Before that Real Madrid will be traveling to Estadi Montilivi to face Girona at 10:15 PM CET on Sunday, 26th day of October 2018.