Updated: Lights Out, Everybody’s Going Home

23 Sep

Well, that’s classic, now isn’t it? The lights were out at Vallecas apparently due to sabotage (vandals reportedly cut the wires) and the match had to be postponed. However, that decision wasn’t made without all sorts of drama, confusion, fans waiting outside and arguing about the time of the rescheduled match. This went well beyond the usual La Liga clusterfuck. I’m always amazed that the folks at LFP get paid for the absolutely shambolic way they run the operation. No one seems capable of making a decision in a timely manner. Kay Murray posted a rundown of her experience.

Xabi gets his Xavi on.

So while the fans were milling around outside, our boys were inside and took the opportunity to stretch their legs a bit while everyone haggled it out. MGEF had some video.

From all accounts there was tons of waiting around and doing nothing. The poor fans outside were told bupkis. The cancellation of the game was on Twitter a good 20 minutes before they announced it to the fans. Ugh.

Pipita certainly does look frustrated, doesn’t he? However, the award for most disgruntled goes to Cristiano Ronaldo for an absolutely epic stank face.

Kinda says it all, doesn’t it?

Kay Murray and Sid Lowe posted lots of pictures from inside and outside of the stadium during the clusterfuckarama. Here’s a few:

Kay & Sid

The incredibly patient fans outside.

Fans were by all accounts orderly & well behaved. They deserved to be notified earlier!

So the official word is that the match will finally be replayed tomorrow at at 17:45 PM CET. (UPDATED! In the time it took me to make this post, the time has now been announced as 19:45 tomorrow. Sigh.) If the lights aren’t fixed by then it’s going to have to be pushed to February. Sigh. There was tons of arguments about what time tomorrow. Real Madrid wanted to play it at 5 PM and Rayo wanted to play it at 8 PM because no one would be able to come otherwise. Lots of dramz ensued. WTF, people? I couldn’t make a 5 PM kickoff on one day’s notice either.  Whatever. La Liga really needs to get it’s shit together.  AS in English has more on the sabotage, etc. BTW, they brought the RM ultras inside the stadium as a way to keep order. That was probably a smart idea.

Crummiest part about the rescheduling? Michael Essien was supposed to be getting married tomorrow! Mrs. Essien-to-be is gonna have a shitfit (can’t blame her)!

That completely and utterly sucks! So, Cristiano what do you think about Michael Essien having to postpone his nuptials?

Yeah, I thought you’d say that!

Anyhow, my allergies are utter hell today and I wasn’t – gasp! –  up for watching the match anyhow (I KNOW!) So I spent the rest of the afternoon napping.  Now that I’ve got this posted, I’m going to curl up with another cup of tea, Max the cat and some Nyquil and have an early night. Sometimes, you just have to get the extra sleep.

G’night!

::sneeze, whuffle, wheeze, cough::

(Pictures courtesy of Real Madrid, GFSportsMGEF, buspirona, Kay Murray and Sid Lowe)

– Lozil

13 Responses to “Updated: Lights Out, Everybody’s Going Home”

  1. Katie Ann September 23, 2012 at 8:30 pm #

    Oh man, the commentators on the stream I was watching were explaining everything in Spanish, and I was sure I was mishearing it because, hey, that happens lots, and it was just so ridiculous. Bummed that I won’t be home when the game airs tomorrow, but, yay for this post of good-looking guys in green.

  2. Allison September 23, 2012 at 9:03 pm #

    • Nooria September 23, 2012 at 9:25 pm #

      LMAO….. 😀
      I swear this caused more drama than El Clasico!
      Anyway, hoping for a goalfest tomorrow 🙂

    • black widow September 23, 2012 at 11:08 pm #

      heh. that is my absolute FAVOURITE beastie boys video. 🙂 (RIP, MCA 😦 )

      wow. what a drama. selfishly, i’m grateful this happened now and not next week, when i will actually be IN madrid and AT the match! but it still sucks for all involved (especially michael essien! geez, you’d think he could maybe be excused from the match just this one time, especially as the circumstances were beyond his control!?).

      this certainly has been a … challenging … start to the season. and frustrating. what an utter cluster. the lack of communication doesn’t help, either. good grief.

      on a brighter note, the xabi-being-xavi and pipa photos made me chuckle (pipa is so expressive when he talks, isn’t he?!)

      either i’m getting more addled in my old age or the lack of light in these photos is playing tricks on me: in the first photo of the group underneath the close up one of iker walking in the dark half-lit, i thought adan was iker at first glance and i couldn’t figure out why he was suddenly head and shoulders above everyone else!

  3. Jenny September 24, 2012 at 12:57 am #

    It seems to me that there was certainly enough light to play a match – but not enough for the TV cameras. At least we know who calls the shots.

  4. CinematiqueChic September 24, 2012 at 2:11 am #

    Cris’s face was exactly how I felt about the clusterf*** yesterday. Sigh, I hope they play tonight. But I heard that if the match isn’t played tonight Rayo might forfeit and be fined?

    I feel really bad for the fans. I would be crazy pissed if I went to a match and ended up standing around for ages not knowing what was going on.

  5. Phédre September 24, 2012 at 3:12 am #

    To say I am really pissed about this would be an understatement! And the irony of it all… tonight when they do play I’m in spanish class. The spanish class I’m taking to be able to understand the spanish comments during and after the game … Isn’t that just great? Hopefully I can still watch the second half.

    Oh well, the pictures of the boys always cheer me up. Xabi being his classy self end Pipita and Sese so impatient.

  6. MissLadya September 24, 2012 at 3:41 am #

    I was late so when I opened the livestream I saw the players on the pitch (practicing) but the stadium was empty and I thought, “Damn, no one even showed up for this match?” before realizing the game wasn’t on XD

  7. jellyace September 24, 2012 at 9:25 am #

    I read somewhere that the tickets for this game were excluded from the Rayo season ticket package so the Rayo fans had to pay extra to attend this match.

    I guess this may have pissed someone off enough to sever the power lines to the lights. Poor Rayo! Bad enough that they’re not as wealthy as RM and Barca, but they have to fix the power cables, which as I saw on TV, were not your usual electric cords that can be spliced together with electric tape. These big cables need couplers to join the ends, creating joints that can cause problems in the future, necessitating total replacement. Now they also have to pay 2 days wages to the security and stewards, plus may have to refund tickets to those who cannot attend the rescheduled match. Then there are the caterers who prepared food to sell. This sabotage hit many people with small pockets who are already struggling in the poor Spanish economy.

  8. Dia September 24, 2012 at 12:28 pm #

    I want a complete accounting of where all the Barca players were when this happened (lol). I hope Mourinho gives Michael the day off to get married.

    • CinematiqueChic September 24, 2012 at 1:21 pm #

      Best Tumblr joke currently going (IMO): Rest assured. It was Xavi.

      • Dia September 25, 2012 at 11:04 am #

        That would not surprise me. The man hates RM (except Iker).

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