The away side’s journey to the Spanish Capital was disrupted to due to the poor weather and their aircraft was unable to land at the Barajas Airport forcing them to turn back.
"The match that we were supposed to play today against Athletic Club at the Wanda Metropolitano (set for 16
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15) has been postponed due to the snowstorm in much of the peninsula," said a statement from Atletico Madrid.
"The inclement weather prevented the expedition of the Basque team from traveling to Madrid due to the temporary closure of the Adolfo Suarez Madrid-Barajas Airport and, in addition, the travel of our team, referees and club staff to the stadium was not guaranteed to be safe due to the poor condition of the roads in the Community of Madrid.
"Faced with this situation, La Liga has requested this morning the postponement of the meeting to the Professional Competition Committee given the exceptional circumstances caused by inclement weather and the latter has ratified the decision not to play the game today as planned. The new date of the meeting will be announced in the next few days."
A statement from Athletic clarified that the plane carrying the squad was forced to turn back to Bilbao after being unable to land in Madrid.
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"The Rojiblancos’ flight took off one hour later than planned under the initial assurance that it would be able to land in Madrid," the club added.
"Whilst making the approach to land, after 30 minutes of waiting and without certainty that landing would be possible, the captain recommended returning to Bilbao, where the plane landed safely at 22
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