Atlético’s stadium move in doubt over documentation issue

Spanish LaLiga football club Atlético Madrid’s move to a new stadium could be in doubt after local authorities failed to approve modification plans for the site.

Spanish newspaper El País reports that the Community of Madrid autonomy has rejected the transfer of the site, which housed a former athletics stadium, to Atlético.

El País notes that technicians of the regional government found “substantial errors” in the planning documentation submitted by the City Council. Approval of the documentation is needed if the club is to move into the new ground next year as planned.

The documentation had been due to be delivered by the City Council to the Community of Madrid within four months, but it took over 17 months to arrive, finally being handed over earlier this month.

After reviewing the documents, Community of Madrid found numerous errors and the City Council must now resubmit the proposals.

Earlier this month, Atlético announced that the stadium would be called Estadio Wanda Metropolitano as part of an agreement with Dalian Wanda, the Chinese conglomerate which owns a 20-per-cent stake in the club.

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