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Ronaldo´s new club Al Nassr forced to call off match due to electrical issues at stadium

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 5 Jan 2023

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Cristiano Ronaldo’s new club Al Nassr were forced to call off Thursday’s Saudi Pro League match with Al Tai due to bad weather impacting the stadium’s electricity supply.

Five-time Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldo was unveiled by Al Nassr on Tuesday after signing a huge-money two-and-a-half-year deal with the Saudi Arabian club.

Due to a two-match domestic ban carried over from his time with former side Manchester United, Ronaldo was not expected to make his debut against Al Tai.

However, there had been suggestions in the build-up to the contest that Al Nassr were looking at ways to circumnavigate the suspension to allow Ronaldo to play.

Those who gathered at King Saud University Stadium were left disappointed either way, though, as the contest was postponed for 24 hours.

A statement on the club’s official account confirmed the news a little over two hours before kick-off at 6pm local time.

“Due to heavy rain and weather conditions impacting the stadium’s electricity, we’ve been informed tonight’s match against Al Tai is postponed for 24 hours,” the statement read.

“We apologise for any inconvenience caused to fans and wish everyone safe travels.”

Al Nassr follow up Friday’s rearranged match against Al Tai with a trip to Al Shabab next week, before facing Al Ettifaq on January 21 for what is expected to be Ronaldo’s debut.

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