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Barca take no chance

sports Updated: May 25, 2011 01:39 IST

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Barcelona have decided to bring forward their journey to London for Saturday's Champions League final to Tuesday evening due to the potential disruption to flights caused by a cloud of Icelandic volcanic ash.

"Given the uncertainty caused by the ash from the Grimsvotn volcano, the FC Barcelona first team will travel to London on Tuesday, at 2200 hours (2000 GMT)," Barca said in a statement on their website (www.fcbarcelona.cat).

Europe's air traffic control organisation said on Monday if volcanic emissions continued at the same rate the cloud could reach western French and northern Spanish airspace on Thursday. Barca were forced to travel by bus to Milan for their Champions League semifinals first leg against Inter last season after a different Icelandic volcano erupted and caused air travel gridlock across Europe.

Bolt for Man united
Rome: Olympic and world sprint champion Usain Bolt will fly to London after his season's debut on Thursday to support Manchester United in the Champions League final against Barcelona. "It's a pretty easy question to ask who I'll be supporting,' Bolt said before the Golden Gala Diamond League meeting. "Everybody knows I'm a United fan. I think the score's going to be 2-1 to United."

Bolt, sporting a blue polo shirt featuring an Italian flag, resembled Man City's Italian footballer Mario Balotelli.

Giggs misses training
Manchester: Ryan Giggs missed Manchester United's open training session on Tuesday a day after being named in Parliament as the player at the centre of a high-profile privacy case.

Giggs was pictured in national newspapers after he was identified by a member of parliament as the footballer who had gained a High Court injunction preventing allegations of an affair being published.

The 37-year-old Welshman was not the only player missing. Defender Rafael, midfielder Paul Scholes, goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar and striker Dimitar Berbatov also sat out a session watched by around 200 reporters.