Celta Vigo v Real Madrid called off after Balaidos stadium damaged

A picture taken on February 4, 2017 shows the dammaged roof of the Rio Alto grandstand in the Balaidos stadium in Vigo caused by heavy wind.
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Image: The roof of the Balaidos was damaged during Friday's storms and repairs cannot yet be made

Real Madrid's La Liga trip to Celta Vigo on Sunday has been postponed after the Balaidos was damaged during a fierce storm.

Winds of up to 100mph have been reported in Galicia, with bad weather having also accounted for Friday's clash between Deportivo La Coruna and Real Betis.

A La Liga statement issued on Saturday evening confirmed the postponement, saying a new date would be sought in conjunction with the RFEF.

Earlier on Saturday, Vigo's mayor Abel Caballero said damage to the Balaidos stadium roof made it certain the game would not be able to go ahead as planned on Sunday evening.

He said on Radio Vigo: "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.

Celta Vigo's Danish midfielder Daniel Wass (R) celebrates with teammates after scoring during the Spanish Copa del Rey (King's Cup) quarter final second le
Image: Celta knocked Real Madrid out of the Copa del Rey last month

"The pitch is not match-ready. For us security is the most important, and in these conditions you cannot play tomorrow [Sunday].

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"We have agreed that with the president, the coaches, the firemen and all those involved. Unfortunately it must be postponed to another date."

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