REAL MADRID’S NEW STADIUM PLANS BROUGHT TO A HALT

Real Madrid’s plans to renovate the Santiago Bernabeu have been brought to a halt due to a European Commission investigation into alleged “illegal public help”.

Madrid’s government accepted changes to the city’s General Urbanisation Plan in 2011 to approve the  €400 million project, however these law alterations have now been blocked by the Supreme Court of Madrid because the 10-time European champions are under investigation by the EC for receiving state aid. 

The club have also faced opposition from a local environmental group, Ecologists in Action, citing the fact the La Liga club went back on an agreement to build an underground car park and walkway to the stadium in 1991. 

The redevelopment, unveiled in January, would see the all-new Bernabeu include a retractable roof, a shopping complex and a hotel adjacent to the ground.

Real Madrid have 10 days to lodge an official appeal against the decision.

Posted on 01/08/2014