Barca travels to London Tuesday to avoid ash havoc

Barcelona will travel to London on Tuesday, two days earlier

than planned, to avoid having its Champions League preparations

disrupted by an erupting Icelandic volcano for the second year

running.

Barcelona says on its website the team will fly to London at 10

p.m. (2100 GMT) local time, four days ahead of Saturday’s final

against Manchester United at Wembley.

Dense ash from the erupting Grimsvotn volcano had already forced

the cancellation of hundreds of flights Tuesday.

Barcelona traveled to Italy by bus for last year’s Champions

League semifinal at Inter Milan after an eruption at a different

volcano closed European airspace. Barcelona lost the first leg and

was eventually knocked out in the semifinals.