Travel chaos means change of Champions League plans for FC Barcelona

09:28, April 19, 2010      

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FC Barcelona has been forced to change its travel plans ahead of this Tuesday’s Champions League match away to Inter Milan.

The Catalan side was due to fly to Milan on Monday, but the chaos caused by the eruption of Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajokull means that plan is now impossible.

Barcelona’s El Prat airport and nearby Girona airport are closed to air traffic as a result of the cloud of volcanic dust and the city’s football club now has to change its plans.

The FC Barcelona website says that the club will now fly to Milan after its Sunday morning training session, but adds that should the airport be closed (and it currently is closed) then the players will make the journey to Italy by coach.

It is 725 kilometers from Barcelona to Milan, meaning rather than a flight lasting slightly over an hour, the players will have to sit through a road trip that lasts around six hours. That is hardly the ideal preparation for one of the most important matches of the season.



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