Rayo Vallecano and Albacete restart a game abandoned in DECEMBER

Spanish football restarts tonight… with a game stuck at half-time! Rayo Vallecano and Albacete will play the remaining 45 minutes of their game which was abandoned in DECEMBER

  • Rayo Vallecano’s game against Albacete was abandoned back in December 
  • It was stopped at half-time after offensive chanting towards Roman Zozulya
  • But the remaining 45 minutes will be played out at an empty Vallecas Stadium
  • It is the longest postponed game ever, beating a record set in Scotland in 1963

The longest postponed game in the history of football will restart tonight as Rayo Vallecano and Albacete play the second half of their contest which started in December. 

As the Spanish second-tier kicks-off this week, both sides will play out the remaining 45 minutes in an empty Vallecas Stadium on Wednesday, after the match was abandoned nearly six months ago due to offensive chanting.  

It was goalless at half-time in the Segunda Division clash on December 15, when Rayo fans accused Albacete’s Ukrainian forward Roman Zozulya of being a Nazi and belonging to far-right groups in his homeland. 

Rayo Vallecano’s Vallecas Stadium will host the second-half of the postponed encounter

The game was abandoned after Roman Zozulya was on the receiving end of offensive chanting

Zozulya also signed for Rayo in 2017, but left the club without playing a match after receiving a hostile reception from the club’s supporters at his first training session. 

Rayo’s hardcore fanbase identify with Spain’s far-left and anti-fascist movements.  

It was the first and only time a Spanish football match has been abandoned for offensive chanting, but it will restart tonight after its original reschedule date in February also didn’t materialise. 

It is the longest postponed game ever, beating a Scottish cup game between Airdrie and Stranraer which was postponed 33 times over the course of a month due to inclement weather in 1963. 

The second-half at the Vallecas Stadium on Wednesday will take place with no spectators

The full Segunda Division programme will get back underway, following the three-month hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic, on Friday with four matches.  

Albacete are currently in a relegation battle with 11 games remaining, and are only outside of the relegation zone on goal difference while Rayo, five points ahead in 11th, aren’t quite clear of danger yet either. 

Meanwhile, La Liga also restarts this weekend – with a local derby, as Sevilla face Real Betis on Thursday night. 

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