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Real Madrid’s Santiago Bernabeu catches fire during £500m revamp works


Smoke could be seen rising from the top of Real Madrid’s Santiago Bernabeu stadium (Twitter)

Real Madrid’s Santiago Bernabeu caught fire on Wednesday afternoon as firefighters raced to the stadium to tackle the blaze.

Smoke could be seen billowing from the top of the stadium while Madrid’s fire department quickly arrived at the scene after the alarm was raised.

It’s understood that fire crews in attendance were quickly able to get the flames under control, while the cause of the incident remains unknown.

Madrid’s stadium has been closed since last June as the club have begun renovation works, which is costing in the region of £500 million.

Zinedine Zidane’s side have been playing their home games at the Alfredo Di Stefano Stadium, which is located in their Valdebebas training complex.

The regeneration works at the Bernabeu are due to be completed in the summer of 2022.

The new-look stadium will have a retractable roof, but the capacity will be reduced by one seat from 80,243 to 80,242.

Madrid, meanwhile, finished the season without a trophy for the first time since 2010.

There have also been no players from Madrid’s squad called up to the Spanish national side for the upcoming European Championship this summer.

UEFA, meanwhile, have begun disciplinary proceedings against Madrid for their desire to break away and form a new European Super League, which subsequently collapsed.

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