Electrical lighting issues at the Vallecas stadium have suspended the game between Rayo Vallecano and Real Madrid by at least 24 hours.
Set to kick off at 8.30pm UK time this Sunday, the fixture was originally delayed by an hour by referee Fernandez Borbalan, who declared that lighting conditions were ‘unplayable’, with half the stadium’s floodlights affected.
Officials at the club could not restore power to the areas of the stadium in time for a security-related, government imposed 10pm local time cut-off point, so reports now have both clubs in a provisional agreement that the game will be played on Monday evening at 7pm UK time, if Rayo can fix the issues by then.
Only the Real Madrid fans had entered the stadium up to the point that the fault was detected, with the home fans and a majority of Press shut outside for security measures.
Rayo President Raul Martin Presa explained early on to Canal + that: “Vandals have cut the cables to the lights.”
There was late confusion over the matter, with media reporting the game’s cancellation at the same time that stadium announcers were saying it was only delayed to supporters.