Club success forces Spanish season back a week

April 28, 2006

MADRID, April 28 (Reuters) - The Primera Liga has been forced to extend the season by another week to finish on May 20, after Sevilla and Barcelona both reached European Cup finals.

The changes to the calendar need to be approved by FIFA as it exceeds the May 15 deadline set for when leagues had to have finished to give national team squads time to prepare for the World Cup finals in Germany.

The problem arose when Sevilla's league match at home against Barcelona was called off on April 23 due to a waterlogged pitch.

With Sevilla in the UEFA Cup final on May 10, Barcelona in the Champions League final on May 17, and four rounds of matches still to play in the league there is no date left to play the abandoned match without prejudicing the other clubs.

The revised schedule proposes Sevilla play Barcelona on Wednesday May 3, which had been earmarked for a full league programme, pushing the final three rounds of matches back to May 7, May 14 and May 20.