Madrid, Vigo game off after storms

Real Madrid’s game against Celta Vigo scheduled for Sunday has been called off after Vigo’s ground was damaged by storms.

Vigo city council declared The Estadio Municipal de Balaidos unsafe on Saturday after winds of up to 85mph hit the region and damaged the stadium roof.

Speaking to a local newspaper, Vigo Mayor Abel Caballero said: “I have already spoken with the Celta president and they are putting together the technical report at the moment.”

“The decision is irreversible. Last night the storm was very severe, it lifted part of the roof – the firemen could not get in to fix it,” he said.

“The pitch is not match-ready. For us security is the most important, and in these conditions you cannot play tomorrow. We have agreed that with the president, the coaches, the firemen and all those involved. Unfortunately it must be postponed to another date.”

No date has yet been set for the match.

Real are currently top of La Liga, one point ahead of Barcelona but with two matches in hand.

Barca beat Athletic Bilbao 3-0 on Saturday.

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