Official: Eibar-Real Sociedad, suspended due to pollution

first_imgPOSTING | In contact with LaLiga, the RFEF and the clubs involved, the Competition Committee, and on the recommendation of the Basque Government, has decided to suspend the #EibarRealSociedad that was going to take place tomorrow, February 16 at 4:00 p.m. at the Ipurua stadium. pic.twitter.com/zOmcYiSgKg– LaLiga (@LaLiga) February 15, 2020The decision was taken on Saturday by the Competition Committee of the Royal Spanish Football Federation to ensure the health of the players. This organization, in contact with La Liga, the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) and the two clubs involved, decided to postpone the meeting between the two Guipuzcoan First Division teams.Now, Eibar and Real Sociedad must reach an agreement, before 2 pm on Tuesday, February 18, to choose a date on which the meeting is held. If the two clubs do not agree, the Competition Committee would determine the day on which it would be played.Last Friday afternoon, Osakidetza (Basque Health Service, under the Basque Government) He recommended to the neighbors of Eibar, Ermua, and Zaldibar not to open the windows of their houses to ventilate them, and not to do outdoor sports, especially at night (when there is a phenomenon of thermal inversion that favors the expansion of air pollution from the landfill fire).Landslide CollapseThe Zaldibar landfill collapsed a week ago, on February 6, trapping two workers, which have not yet been found under the rubble, and caused fires among waste that have not yet been suffocated.These fires have motivated that on the 9th they will be detected in the air of the nearest area, among which are the Gipuzkoan town of Eibar and the Biscaynes of Ermua and Zaldibar (where Barça coach José Luis Mendilibar lives), 700 centigrams of dioxins and furans per cubic meter, some 40 times higher levels of environmental pollution than normal values ​​in an urban area.Faced with this risk situation, at the end of Friday, both Eibar and the Royal Society, in common agreement with the Royal Spanish Football Federation, and La Liga, agreed to wait until Saturday to see if air conditions improved or not . Based on this, a decision would be made as to whether or not the match that the two Gipuzkoan clubs in Ipurua would play on Sunday would be played. The Competition Committee received today, Saturday, a letter from the Deputy Minister of Health of the Basque Government informing that, due to the high levels of chemical compounds detected in the air and in strict application of the precautionary principle, It is recommended not to perform outdoor sports activity in Eibar, Ermua and Zaldibar.In view of the recommendation sent by the Basque Government, and after receiving writings from the two Guipuzcoan clubs and from The League, the Competition Committee decided to suspend the match. He has done so to ensure the health of athletes, and by applying articles 239 and 240 of the General Regulations regarding the possibility of suspension of matches due to force majeure; as well as in article 42.3 a) of the Federal Statutes referring to the possibility of suspension of a meeting by disposition of the competent authority.Concern and angerAt midnight from Friday to Saturday, shortly after the two Gipuzkoan clubs announced that on Saturday a decision would be made on whether or not the match was played, the smell of burning coming from the Zaldibar landfill was evident in the center of Eibar.Since Osakidetza advised on Friday not to ventilate the houses, and not to do outdoor sports, the ‘alert’ has jumped in the three affected populations of the Basque Country, which total 48,000 inhabitants.The neighbors are worried and, at the same time, angry that the fire at the Zaldibar landfill began on Sunday, February 9, and the results of the air quality analyzes were not made public until 5 days later, on Friday 14.The Diputación de Vizcaya suspended on Friday all the outdoor school competition sports planned in Ermua and Zaldibar for this weekend. Likewise, the meetings planned in the eibarreses fields of Unbe were also suspended, in an area other than the eibarresa of IpuruaWhile waiting to make a decision on whether or not the First Division Gipuzkoan derby was disputed, the two teams exercised normally. The eibarresa squad did it on Saturday morning in the field of Atxabalpe (Mondragón), where he usually trains.After the preparatory session, Eibar had announced the call for Sunday’s game, which included 20 players, all of the squad except the sanctioned Charles Dias, and the injured Pedro Bigas, Kike García, and Iván Ramis.For his part, the realistic coach, Imanol Alguacil, who offered a press conference in Zubieta on Saturday (before knowing the decision to suspend the meeting), stressed that “the most important thing is health.” The Eibar-Real Sociedad party, scheduled for Sunday (16 hours) in Ipurúa, has been suspended due to air pollution due to an existing fire at a Zaldibar landfill, a Biscayan town very close to Eibar’s Guipuzcoan.last_img

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