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Soccer-Atletico Madrid's game against Bilbao postponed due to snowstorm

09 Jan 2021 / 16:54 H.

    Jan 9 (Reuters) - Atletico Madrid's La Liga game against Athletic Bilbao, scheduled to kick off at 1515 GMT on Saturday, has been postponed due to disruptions from a snowstorm in Spain, the league said in a statement.

    Heavy snowfall from Storm Filomena left thousands of Spanish drivers trapped in their cars on Friday as roads were blocked and Madrid airport was closed..

    La Liga said it sought the postponement "given the exceptional situation caused by the storm across a large part of the peninsula ... and the impossibility of having the pitch in optimal conditions."

    A new date for the match would be confirmed later.

    Bilbao on Friday said the plane carrying the squad to Madrid for the game had been unable to land at the airport due and was forced to turn around.

    Real Madrid's game against Osasuna is also under threat after the Spanish champions were trapped on a plane for more than two hours on Friday due to ice on the runway of Barajas airport. (Reporting by Arvind Sriram in Bengaluru; editing by Richard Pullin)

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