BARCELONA - Barcelona have brought forward
their journey to London for the Champions League Final and will
now leave on 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 22:00 hours," Barca said in a
statement on their website.
Toni Freixa, spokesman for the Spanish club´s board of
directors, said Barca had three options for the journey to play
Manchester United on Saturday at Wembley stadium:
A direct flight to London on Tuesday evening, a flight to
Paris on Tuesday evening and a train through the Channel Tunnel
to London on Wednesday morning or an overnight train to Paris
Tuesday and a train to London the next morning.
Barcelona's players and officials had planned to travel to
the British capital on Thursday.
"We are looking to reduce the risk for the first team to
zero," Freixa said.
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.
They lost the match 3-1 and went out 3-2 on aggregate after
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