Granada’s LaLiga match against Athletic Bilbao was abandoned following the death of a home fan at the Estadio Nuevo los Carmenes, while Girona later moved back top of the table with a stunning 4-2 win at Catalan rivals Barcelona.
Bilbao went ahead through an early goal from Inaki Williams, before the game was stopped after around 15 minutes when officials were alerted to a problem in the stands.
As the person received ongoing medical treatment, the players were eventually taken off the field.
Granada CF vs. Athletic Club de Bilbao has been suspended following the tragic death of a fan at the Estadio Nuevo los Cármenes.
Our condolences go out to their family and friends, as well as to all Granada CF fans.
A rescheduled date and time for the match will be announced in…
— LALIGA Corporativo (@LaLigaCorp) December 10, 2023
LaLiga later confirmed the supporter had died and the match would be rescheduled.
A statement from Granada added: “We want to send our most sincere condolences to the family and friends, as well as to the entire Granada family.”
Following discussions between the clubs and the governing bodies, it was decided the match would be rescheduled to Monday, restarting from the 17th minute.
🔴 The RFEF Competition Tribunal, at @LaLigaEN's request, has ruled that #GranadaAthletic, called off today due to the death of a fan during the match, will be resumed tomorrow, December 11, at 21:00 CET.
The match will restart from the 17th minute with the score at 0-1 to… pic.twitter.com/IdRW1hGuEi
— Athletic Club (@Athletic_en) December 10, 2023
A statement from the league read: “At the request of LALIGA, the RFEF (Royal Spanish Football Federation) competition judge has ruled that the Granada-Athletic fixture, suspended today due to the death of a fan during the match, will resume tomorrow – December 11th – at 9pm. The match will restart from the 17th minute.”
FT #BarçaGirona 2-4
— LALIGA English (@LaLigaEN) December 10, 2023
Left-back Miguel Gutierrez fired the visitors back in front before half-time and substitute Valery added a late third.
Elsewhere in Sunday’s other games, Atletico Madrid beat Almeria 2-1 thanks to first-half goals from Alvaro Morata and Angel Correa for an eighth-successive home league win this season, while relegation battlers Cadiz drew 1-1 at home with Osasuna.
Belgian striker Lukaku headed Jose Mourinho’s side in front after five minutes, but the hosts were reduced to 10 men just after the hour when wing-back Nicola Zalewski collected a second caution.
Martinez Quarta glanced in an equaliser before Lukaku was given a straight red card for an ugly challenge on Christian Kouame.
— Bayer 04 Leverkusen (@bayer04_en) December 10, 2023
In the Bundesliga, leaders Bayer Leverkusen had to settle for a 1-1 draw at third-placed Stuttgart.
Although Florian Wirtz had the visitors level soon after the restart, Leverkusen – who remain unbeaten in all competitions this season – could not find a winner are now four points clear of Bayern, but having played a match more.
In Sunday’s only other game, Cologne were held to a goalless draw at home by Mainz.
Boga’s late winner puts NICE back in 2nd position 🇨🇮🎯 pic.twitter.com/L33a9l4tWH
— Ligue 1 English (@Ligue1_ENG) December 10, 2023
Jeremy Le Douaron’s second-half strike saw Brest win 1-0 at Metz, while Abakar Sylla scored deep into stoppage-time as Strasbourg beat Le Harve 2-1 and it finished goalless between Clermont and Lille.