Europa League – Salzburg vs Eintracht Frankfurt game called off
The Europa League last-32 clash between Red Bull Salzburg and Eintracht Frankfurt has been postponed because of 120kmph winds that are expected to hit the Austreain City.
Bundesliga outfit Frankfurt lead 4:1 from the first leg last week and have headed across the border to consolidate on their advantage and possibly seal a place in the next phase but the game has now been called off.
The news was confirmed by both clubs on Twitter on Thursday afternoon citing that the storm heading for Salzburg would be accompanied by high winds.
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 canceled 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.
‘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.’