Real Madrid’s Bernabeu on fire as smoke bellows out of construction works

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Real Madrid's Bernabeu Stadium appeared to be on fire on Wednesday evening as smoke was spotted bellowing out of the iconic ground in the Spanish capital as it undergoes construction work.

The historic stadium, has been the home stadium of Los Blancos since its completion in 1947, and has a capacity of 81,044 ahead of current improvements.

The Bernabeu was the first stadium in Europe to host both a UEFA European Championship final and a FIFA World Cup final, having been named after the legendary striker Santiago Bernabeu.

While the source of the smoke was not clear after the images were shared on social media, supporters were understandably worried about potential damage.

Spanish outlet Marca have reported that a 'small' fire broke out in the afternoon on Wednesday, which raised column of smoke in the areas around the inside of the stadium.

While the origin of the fire is not yet clear, it was quickly controlled after the Fire Brigade of Madrid were in attendance.

They add that the fire alarms had been sounded, before people gathered to take videos on their mobile phones which were posted on social media.

Two weeks ago, the club offered an update on the £500m redevelopment almost two years after construction begun – and it wasn't yet close to welcoming back the players.

Before that, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp had criticised their temporary home, which was the 6,000-capacity Estadio Alfredo di Stefano training ground.

He said: "This here tonight was really strange because it was a difficult situation in the stadium. Anfield is at least a proper stadium."

President Florentino Perez said in 2018: "Our current situation, of great economic safety, makes the club ready to tackle one of its greatest challenges: to turn the Santiago Bernabeu stadium into the best stadium in the world.

"There will be a spectacular expansion of the current museum in the area of Castellana with much more floor area, and a new interactive museum will be created with the latest virtual reality technologies in the area of Padre Damian."

Before adding that digital technology would be "will be one of the essential features of the project".

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