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Sunday, February 16, 2020, 16:35
Eibar-Real Sociedad game suspended due to poor air quality
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Sunday, February 16, 2020, 16:35 By Xinhua

In this Jan 18, 2020 photo, Eibar's Spanish midfielder Sergio Alvarez (left) kicks the ball during the Spanish league football match between SD Eibar and Club Atletico de Madrid at the Ipurua stadium in Eibar. (ANDER GILLENEA / AFP)

MADRID - Sunday's Liga Santander game between Eibar and Real Sociedad, which was due to be played at Eibar's Ipurua Stadium at 16:00 hours local time, has been suspended due to fears about poor air quality.

The decision to suspend the game follows a landslip at a waste dump outside of the nearby town of Zaldibar (northern Spain) on Feb 6th

"The Spanish Football Federations (RFEF) Competition Committee, in contact with LaLiga and the clubs, has decided to suspend the game between Eibar and Real Sociedad which was going to be played in the Ipurua Stadium," informs the Eibar website, adding the decision is taken due to "high levels of chemical composites in the air".

The decision follows a landslip at a waste dump outside of the nearby town of Zaldibar (northern Spain) on February 6th.

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Two workers lost their lives in the accident and subsequent investigations have revealed that substances such as asbestos had been deposited in the dump.

The landslip ignited methane which had been accumulating below ground and the fires have yet to be extinguished, releasing fumes into the air and on February 9th 40 times the normal level of dioxide and furans were detected in the atmosphere.

On Friday the Basque regional authorities advising people living in the region to close their windows and not to carry out any sporting activity, with the RFEF and LaLiga acting on that advice.

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