The club president was unable to attend the usual directors lunch ahead of the game and barça have confirmed that he was too unwell to be there.
The president of FC Barcelona, Josep Maria Bartomeu, will not be in attendance at Saturday's LaLiga clash with Real Madrid due to sickness.
Bartomeu misses Bernabéu
The Catalan club have confirmed that Bartomeu missed the traditional lunch with other directors of both clubs, and this was due to flu-like symptoms.
This has resulted in him not making the trip to the Spanish capital and so he will not take his usual seat in the VIP section along with Florentino Pérez. Fortunately for the president, there are numerous ways to follow the game without actually being there.