The Europa League last-32 clash between Red Bull Salzburg and Eintracht Frankfurt has been postponed after a 'hurricane warning' in the Austrian city.
The game was the second leg of the first knockout round in the Europa League, with German visitors Frankfurt winning the first outing 4-1.
In a statement on their website, Salzburg wrote: “Due to a hurricane warning for tonight, with gusts of up to 120 km/h being forecast, FC Red Bull Salzburg's UEFA Europa League match against Eintracht Frankfurt had to be cancelled today.
“This decision had to be made by the local security authorities at a recent crisis meeting, which included UEFA and representatives of the two clubs, local authorities and the Salzburg police.
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“Due to the extreme gusts of wind forecast for the greater Salzburg area, a safe departure and a safe stay on the stadium site – neither for the spectators nor for the people working at this sold-out event (29,000) – could not be guaranteed.
“The new date for this game will be communicated as soon as possible.”
The game is expected to be rescheduled for the following week to fit it in before the Round of 16 phase gets underway in a fortnight.
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UEFA has given an official statement on the situation, insisting news regarding a rearranged date would be given in “due course”.
“Due to a storm warning, the public authorities in Austria have postponed tonight’s UEFA Europa League round of 32 tie between FC Salzburg and Eintracht Frankfurt, which was scheduled to be played at 21:00 CET.
“An announcement will be made by UEFA in due course about the re-arranged date and time for this match to be played.”
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