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Spanish league could postpone games because of heat wave

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BARCELONA, SPAIN - AUGUST 17: Luis Suarez (L) of FC Barcelona kicks the ball next to Aymeric Laporte (C) of Athletic Club during the Spanish Super Cup second leg match between FC Barcelona and Athletic Club at Camp Nou on August 17, 2015 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)

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MADRID (AP) Spanish league soccer games could be postponed this weekend because of a heat wave.

League president Javier Tebas says some games may not be played if temperatures are too high and players’ health is at risk.

Tebas told radio Cope on Wednesday that “football can’t be played at 36 or 37 degrees Celsius (96 or 98 Fahrenheit).”

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He said the league would also consider delaying some games, although high temperatures have been reported well into the night recently.

Temperatures are expected to be in the mid-30s Celsius (86 Fahrenheit) throughout the weekend across much of Spain. Temperatures reached almost 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) this week.

Tebas said referees have been advised to allowed players to take as many drink breaks as possible so they can stay hydrated.