Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Volcano forces Barcelona to travel early to final

Posted by chardyboy on Tuesday, May 24, 2011 0 comments

source: af.reuters.com

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Barcelona have decided to bring forward their journey to London for Saturday´s Champions League final to Tuesday evening due to the potential disruption to flights caused by a cloud of Icelandic volcanic ash.

"Given the uncertainty caused by the ash from the Grimsvotn volcano, the FC Barcelona first team will travel to London today, Tuesday, at 2200 hours (2000 GMT)," Barca said in a statement on their website (www.fcbarcelona.cat).

Toni Freixa, spokesman for the Spanish club´s board of directors, will give more details about the journey and information for fans travelling to the match against Manchester United at a news conference later on Tuesday, the statement added.

Europe's air traffic control organisation said on Monday if volcanic emissions continued at the same rate the cloud could reach western French and northern Spanish airspace on Thursday.

Barca were forced to travel by bus to Milan for their Champions League semi-final first leg against Inter last season after a different Icelandic volcano erupted and caused air travel gridlock across Europe.


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