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Barça London-bound to sneak under ash cloud

"It's not a problem for the players, the problem is for 20,000 fans"

FC Barcelona's players and staff were scheduled to fly to London on Tuesday night amid fears that an Icelandic volcanic ash cloud would prevent them traveling on Thursday ahead of Saturday's Champions League final against Manchester United. Many flights were canceled across the UK on Tuesday.

Barcelona was forced to travel by coach to last year's semifinal clash against Inter Milan after the Eyjafjallajokull volcano in Iceland brought European air traffic to a halt for six days. "Playing in England is a handicap for us," Guardiola said. "It's more comfortable when you play at home, for the team and the supporters."

"It's not a problem for the players to go early, the problem is for 20,000 fans," added Barça vice president Javier Faus, who added: "It will be frustrating if the stadium is half full."