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Valencia has asked for its weekend LaLiga match against Granada to be postponed following the deadly fires that hit the city on Thursday night.
Four people are currently confirmed to have died in the fire that devastated a 14-story tower in the Spanish city, and the death toll is expected to rise further.
Valencia has now launched a message of support to the city that is mourning the tragic events that have caused comparisons with the previous Grenfell Tower fires in England.
The club, currently eighth in the Spanish top flight standings and fighting for a place in next season’s Champions League, will play Granada on Saturday.
The match will be played at the Los Cármenes stadium in Granada, but Valencia believes that proceeding with the match given the current circumstances does not fit with the city’s three days of mourning.
Valencia asks to postpone its LaLiga match against Granada this weekend
Valencia made a formal request to LaLiga following the deadly fires that hit the city on Thursday night
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Published on the club’s official website, the emotional statement read: “Valencia CF is devastated by the terrible fire that occurred this Thursday on Avenida Maestro Rodrigo, in the Campanar neighborhood of Valencia, and we wish to convey our deepest condolences to the family and friends of the victims.
‘We also want to publicly thank the emergency services for their commendable work.
‘This Friday, the players and coaches of the men’s first team, the women’s first team and the VCF Academy will observe a minute of silence in memory of the victims at the beginning of training.
‘The club has requested the postponement of this Saturday’s LaLiga match against Granada CF.
Valencia now sends a message of support to the city that is mourning the tragic events
Firefighters expect to find 14 more bodies when they enter a Spanish apartment block destroyed by fire (pictured on Thursday night) in a disaster similar to Grenfell Tower.
Firefighters work at the scene during the building fire in Valencia on February 22, 2024.
‘In line with the three days of mourning declared in the Valencian Community, Valencia CF will fly flags at half-mast in our facilities. We also offer our help to institutions and emergency services for any needs they may have,’ the club added.
14 people are currently feared missing as a result of the apartment block fire as firefighters prepare to enter the building after battling to extinguish the flames.
The block which houses 138 apartments and more than 400 residents was razed when the fire broke out shortly before 5.30pm, gutting flammable cladding which has been blamed for its rapid spread, along with high winds.
LaLiga is believed to be considering Valencia’s proposal ahead of Saturday afternoon’s match.