Zinedine Zidane takes decision to allow Real Madrid’s clash with Osasuna to take place under ‘bad conditions’ from Storm Filomena as he insists draw ‘was not a football game’
- Real Madrid played a 0-0 La Liga draw at Osasuna in snow conditions
- Madrid were hampered by a snowstorm that delayed them by four hours
- The result means they failed to usurp rivals Atletico Madrid at the top of the table
- Manager Zinedine Zidane has vowed to complain about allowing the game to continue
Zinedine Zidane has criticized the decision to allow his side’s Real Madrid game to take place in Osasuna despite the game being badly affected by the snowfall.
Spain’s Pamplona region was hit by an ice front last week, but Madrid were also hit by an abnormal snowstorm from Storm Fiomena which delayed Madrid’s trip to the El Sadar stadium by four hours.
Although the Osasuna pitch passed a pre-kickoff inspection, there were still patches of snow on the surface as the teams played a 0-0 draw – with snow even falling during the match.
Zinedine Zidane was furious his side’s Real Madrid game was in Osasuna
Osasuna’s David Garcia (left) vie for the ball with Real Madrid’s Marco Asensio on Saturday
After the match, an enraged Zidane claimed he would initiate a complaint to have the match allowed.
“It wasn’t a football game and that’s the feeling we have after what happened,” he told Marca.
“It was not a football match and he should have been suspended.
“I’m going to complain about the game going on because the conditions were not good. “
Surrounded by small patches of snow, Lucas Vazquez watches during the scoreless draw
Ground staff worked tirelessly in El Sadar to ensure the grounds passed inspection
The result is a blow to Madrid with the draw just good enough to take them to a point of city rivals Atletico Madrid when they had the opportunity to gain the upper hand.
Atletico were also hit hard by the snow, but the storm that hit the Spanish capital meant their game with Athletic Bilbao was called off on Saturday.
As a result, Diego Simeone’s side remain in the lead by one point but have three games in hand with all of their main rivals.
Spain’s Pamplona region was hit by freezing weather last week
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