Rayo Vallecano's Vallecas stadium closed for safety reasons (updated)

Source: Xinhua| 2018-08-28 03:01:37|Editor: Mu Xuequan
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MADRID, Aug. 27 (Xinhua) -- Spanish Liga Santander club, Rayo Vallecano's Vallecas Stadium has been closed until at least Oct. 15 for safety reasons.

The decision was taken on Monday after a meeting among the recently promoted club from the south of Madrid, the Spanish Football League (LaLiga) and the Madrid Regional Authority.

The decision came as the result of delays in work to reform the stands, improve emergency exits and to remove damp from the ground.

Rayo were able to play their first game of the season in Vallecas, losing 4-1 to Sevilla, but the game saw an accident in which a young supporter needed medical attention after falling over a pile of rubble in the stadium, while other fans complained about the poor conditions caused by the unfinished work.

The ground is the property of the Madrid Regional Authority, although the maintenance of its interior corresponds to the club.

The decision affects at least three games due to be played in Vallecas between now and mid-October, with La Liga announcing that Athletic Club Bilbao's visit the Stadium on Saturday has been suspended.

It is not known what will happen with matches scheduled against Alaves and Espanyol, although they could be moved to another stadium in the Madrid region such as Atletico's Wanda Metropolitano Stadium.