Real Madrid and Barcelona's weekend fixtures may be postponed for unusual reason

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We might only be two games into the new La Liga season, but there is already a potential spanner in the works for game week three.

That's after the president of the Spanish Football League (LFP), Javier Tebas, today admitted that several, if not all, of this weekend's fixtures could be postponed.

Potential problem

The reason? The extreme heat wave currently making its mark across Europe. With temperatures in some areas of Spain having topped out at 40 degrees Celcius, Tebas fears that it simply wouldn't be safe to have Real Madrid, Barca and co. play their scheduled fixtures on Saturday.


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The league games under particular threat of being postponed include Real Madrid's home fixture against Osasuna, and Celta Vigo vs Atletico Madrid.

"If the temperature [at the weekend] reaches 40 degrees we could postpone some La Liga games," Tebas told Spanish radio, via the Daily Mail.

Citing Los Blancos' last fixture, a 2-1 win over Celta Vigo played in temperatures of 32 degrees, the LFP president said the issue has been a top of discussion amongst the league's hierarchy for some time.

"You cannot play a game of football with temperatures of 36, 37 or 38 degrees," he said.

'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."

At present, temperatures across Spain are expected to hid the mid-30s on Saturday afternoon and remain high throughout the evening - putting into question one suggestion to simply delay the earlier kick offs until later the same day.

That means Barcelona, who are slated to kick off their home game against Alaves at 8.30 p.m. local time, may not be able to avoid the potential complications to the schedule.

"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."

Schedule issue

Of course, back in 2015, the start of the season was almost delayed due to a player's strike before it was called off at the last minute.

This, though, would be an unusual reason for postponed games and one that is completely out of the player's hands.

With just a few days to go until games kick off across the league, Tebas will have to come to a decision sooner rather than later so as to avoid any major confusion.

It is far from an ideal situation for La Liga's clubs to find themselves in, even if there is literally nothing anyone can do about the extreme heat.

And, when you consider that Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid are all set to begin their 2016-17 Champions League campaigns on Tuesday and Wednesday next week, so even a slight delay to their La Liga games this weekend would cause an unwanted headache.

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