Alavés ask for Cup semi to be delayed as Celta-Madrid postponed
The club say that Celta Vigo have an unfair rest advantage in Wednesday's Copa del Rey semifinal due to their game with Real Madrid at Balaídos being postponed on Sunday.Barcelona vs Celta live stream online
Celta Vigo's game against Real Madrid on Sunday has been postponed, due to the roof at Balaídos suffering storm damage. Celta’s Copa del Rey opponents Alavés are now calling for Wedensday’s semifinal 2nd leg to be postponed.
Alaves claim that Celta are getting an unfair advantage in terms of extra rest with the LaLiga clash being postponed.
Official statement from Alavés
An official club statement issued on Saturday afternoon, before the Celta Vigo - Real Madrid match was officially postponed, read as follows:
Following the contrasting information about the possible suspension of the League match between Real Club Celta de Vigo and Real Madrid C.F, and in the absence of a final decision by the Professional Football League, Deportivo Alavés wishes to state the following:
“We share the position of public institutions in Vigo to prioritize the safety of the spectators and therefore it is obligatory to evaluate objectively the suspension of the meeting.
“We urge that the Professional Football League evaluate all possible options, such as limiting areas of the stadium that could endanger the safety of spectators and players, or the possibility of staging the encounter in another location.
“Given these facts, and with the objective of not altering the competition of the Copa del Rey, Deportivo Alavés asks the Professional Football League and the Spanish Football Federation to postpone the return leg of the semifinals scheduled for next Wednesday February 8, so that both teams face the match on an equal footing.
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