Football: Moscow clubs run out of stadiums to play matches in
MOSCOW (AFP) - Moscow clubs are facing serious problems staging matches as none of the city's main stadiums is currently in a fit state for top-class football.
Spartak Moscow general manager Roman Askhabadze was quoted by ITAR-TASS news agency as saying: "Such a force majeure situation when none of the venues in Moscow and the closest region are fit to host the matches of the Premiership has happened for the first time in Russia's history."
He explained that the pitch at the Lokomotiv stadium, where Spartak are playing their home games this season, was pronouced unfit for Premiership football this week and the club failed to find a suitable alternative for this weekend's match with Terek Grozny.
On Wednesday evening, the Russian Premier League ordered Spartak to play the match at Yekaterinburg, 1,700km away from Moscow.