Change In Kickoff Times For March 2 La Liga Contests Angers Affected Clubs
La Liga sides Valencia, Real Betis and Rayo Vallecano "have expressed indignation" with the Spanish Football League (LFP) over a schedule change to games that will be played March 2, according to AS. Originally, Valencia was scheduled to play Rayo Vallecano at noon, but the game has been moved to 9pm. The LFP switched the Valencia-Rayo Vallecano and Villarreal-Betis start times. The LFP said that the matches were switched to "accommodate a ceremony at Villarreal involving local officials that will pay homage to the home supporters for the way they reacted to Saturday's teargas attack at their Madrigal stadium." Valencia said in a statement on its website, "As a result of this change a large majority of the hundreds of Valencianistas who had previously been able to attend the game at Vallecas have had to cancel their plans. The LFP, with their actions, have demonstrated a lack of sensitivity to Valencia CF and a lack of respect for the competition, its followers and supporters in general. A serious and prestigious Liga begins with a respect for the stated timetable." Betis said that it was "especially angry as their Europa League last-32 second leg with Rubin Kazan was in Russia on Feb. 27 and they had planned the return assuming they would not be playing at Villarreal until the Sunday night" (AS, 2/18).