Barca Fly to London Early for CL Final to Avoid Ash Cloud

FC Barcelona Fly to London Today for Champions League Final to Avoid Volcanic Ash Cloud

Eruptions from the Grimsvotn volcano were enough of a concern to cause Barcelona to travel to London for the Champions League final ahead of schedule.

Probably all supporters will be able to fly, if this does prove impossible, then fans can take a 20-hour coach ride on Friday that leaves Spain at 9am and will cost €190. Around 25,000 Barça fans are due to travel to London but UEFA said that, despite the potential problems, the game cannot be postponed and that it is powerless to help.

David Taylor, general secretary of UEFA, remarked, "There's only so much that UEFA can do. We're in the hands of the elements, we have to ensure the teams and the officials are there and we have set in motion contingency plans for this. Michel Platini and I were in Morocco and flew out early just to be sure we can get to the game.

"It is supposed to be better on Friday. Whatever happens on the day happens on the day."

A spokesperson said, "There is a lot of uncertainty through the week as the weather is changeable and the wind direction is variable. But the good news might be there is a not a persistent north-westerly like there was last year. It's very fluid and dynamic, so keep a frequent check as the charts come out every six hours."

Barcelona will stay in the Grove Hotel in Hertfordshire and train at the Arsenal's London Colney on Wednesday and Thursday. Sessions will take place behind closed doors before they train at Wembley on Friday.

To explain the details of the trip and to provide all necessary information to Barça members and fans, the Board spokesperson, Toni Freixa, will appear at a press conference this afternoon, at 17.00 in the Ricard Maxenchs Press Room at the Camp Nou.
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