Last week we were able to enjoy one of the most intense Barcelona v Real Madrid encounters of recent years. The history of the clubs' rivalries means it is always a heated affair played at the boundaries of the fiercely competitive and the downright nasty. But last week, with the incendiary ingredient of Luis Figo making his first return to the Nou Camp wearing an all-white shirt, it crossed into the domain of venomous. In the buildup to the game, shown live on STAR Sports last week, the big question was how would that pent-up fury be expressed when the 100,000-plus supporters finally laid eyes on the 'traitor'. The arrival of the Real players through a cordon of security personnel gave us the answer - a cacophony of disapproval, the display of anti-Figo banners explicitly expressing hatred and the hurling of objects. Subsequent to the match it has emerged that among the array of objects thrown were mobile phones! And Vicente del Bosque revealed that he instructed Figo to not take any corner kicks for fear of being struck. Those facts were not known to the viewer watching the spectacle on TV, but the jacked-up emotions in the cauldron of the Nou Camp were unmistakable. In the end, Barcelona won on the pitch, there were no unsavoury incidents among the players and at the final whistle Figo's former teammates embraced the Portuguese star to show they bore no ill will. It may be a stretch, but a similar scenario could play out on Merseyside this weekend. For Sunday marks the first Everton v Liverpool clash of the campaign and that means ex-Everton favourite Nick Barmby's first game against his old club since he defected to the Reds in the close-season. Considering most observers believe that Everton helped revive Barmby's flagging career and were a big factor in his recall to the England squad, it's not hard to understand Evertonians' sense of grievance. It may not be quite the same as the Barca-Real game but the raw emotions in the stands will be similar. But this match will not be available to fans in Hong Kong. CABLE Sports, who show Premier League matches in the SAR, say their arrangement with the international rights holders TWI has some flexibility in terms of the games they choose for Saturdays, but on Sunday's they are at the mercy of TWI. And this Sunday the match of choice is Bradford v Leeds. Well, it's a derby match but it hardly has the baggage of the storied rivalry on Merseyside. The ultimatum to Bradford boss Chris Hutchings this week adds a little interest. And Leeds' emotional roller-coaster in midweek against Barcelona suggests they can play much better than the dreadful display they gave at Old Trafford last week. But really this is another black mark against CABLE who have already been reeling from criticism of their failure to retain the Champions' League rights-holder ESPN in their package of channels.