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The encounter will now be played at a later date, as a result of the wires to the stadium's lighting system being damaged.

Updated Sunday, Sept. 23, 5:00 p.m, ET

Sunday's Liga clash between Rayo Vallecano and Real Madrid has been postponed until further notice after wires serving the stadium's lighting were cut prior to the game.

The unexpected turn of events means that the clubs will now go head to head at a later, unspecified date, with a Monday match suggested by Cristina Cifuentes, a delegate of the Government of Madrid.

"Right now the boards of the two teams are making the decision on whether the match will take place on Monday or later," she explained. "Unfortunately we have to suspend the game. We are reviewing the options, the problem is not guaranteed to be fixed tomorrow because the damage is greater than we expected."

Earlier, Vallecas president Martin Presa told Canal+ that he feared sabotage was the cause of the lighting failure.

"We have suffered a sabotage. Someone has cut the cables from the tribune," he said. "The solution is to reconnect the cables and expect electricity to give the spotlight. The wires were cut off and that's not normal."

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