La Liga‘s third round of fixtures this weekend could be postponed with a heatwave set to hit Spain, the league’s president has revealed.
Diego Simeone will have been eager to get his side back on the pitch after the international break, but it is his team who may be forced to sit out round three of La Liga games this weekend.
La Liga president Javier Tebas has revealed the 40 degree heatwave could harm a number of matches this weekend, but particularly those scheduled for the afternoon – Celta Vigo face Atletico while Real Madrid play host to Osasuna.
“If the temperature [at the weekend] reaches 40 degrees we could postpone some La Liga games,” Tebas told radio Cope, as reported by the Daily Mail.
“You cannot play a game of football with temperatures of 36, 37 or 38 degrees.
“We have discussed the heat issue, not just because of this weekend but because of the previous rounds. Real Madrid played their last game against Celta [on Aug. 27] with a temperature of 32 degrees.
“The problem has been that, in the evenings, the temperature hasn’t dropped much.
“We have spoken to the referees’ committee to make sure the players can drink water to cope with the conditions.”
Water breaks are not uncommon in the game, with it becoming more of a visible sight during several pre-season fixtures this summer – particularly in the Far East where club’s such as Manchester City and Manchester United toured.
Whilst the continuous breaks do tend to ruin the flow of the game, Tebas will be aware player safety is of paramount importance.