Valencia request postponement of La Liga fixture following deadly fire in city

Valencia have requested the postponement of their La Liga match against Granada this weekend following a deadly fire in the city.

Four people are reported to have died and as many as 15 people remain missing after a fire engulfed a pair of apartment blocks in the city on Thursday.

Emergency services worked to tackle the blaze and treat those affected in the Campanar neighbourhood of the city.

The La Liga club released a statement on Friday and confirmed they had asked the league to postpone the game which is scheduled to take place at Granada’s Los Carmenes stadium on Saturday.

It read: “Valencia CF are devastated by the terrible fire that occurred this Thursday on Avenida Maestro Rodrigo, in the Campanar neighbourhood of Valencia, and wish to convey our deepest condolences to the families and friends of the victims.

“We would also like to publicly thank the emergency services for their commendable work.”

The club also confirmed that players and coaches of the men’s, women’s and academy teams will observe a minute’s silence ahead of training on Friday.

La Liga have revealed all teams will follow suit ahead of matches this weekend.

Valencia have also confirmed that flags will fly at half-mast at club facilities and also pledged to offer assistance to institutions and emergency services “for any need that they may have.”

(Jose Jordan / AFP)

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