Atletico Madrid’s La Liga game against Athletic Bilbao, due to begin Saturday at 1515 GMT, has been postponed due to disruption caused by a rare snow storm in Spain, a league statement said.
Troops have been deployed to rescue trapped drivers from their vehicles as heavy snowfall from Storm Filomena created travel chaos across Spain.
La Liga said it had sought the postponement, « given the exceptional situation caused by the storm over a major one Part of the peninsula … and the impossibility of having the pitch in optimal conditions. «
Conditions prevented Athletic from traveling to Madrid and the plane with the squad had to turn around after not being on the Barajas Airport in Madrid. READ:
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« The Athletic Club would like to thank Atletico Madrid for their cooperation and willingness to find solutions to this difficult situation, » said Athletic in a statement.
Atletico are leaders in the league with 38 points from 15 games , while Athletic is ninth with 21 points from 18 games.
Real Madrid’s game against Osasuna late Saturday was also at risk after the La Liga champions were trapped in a plane for more than two hours on Friday because there was ice on the runway at Barajas Airport. However, the Spanish media reported that the game is likely to continue.
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