By Marcus Leach

The ash cloud from Iceland has forced Barcelona to change their travel plans for Saturday's Champions League Final against Manchester United at Wembley.

As ash from Icelandic volcano Grimsvotn begins to cause hundreds of flights to be cancelled Barcelona have taken to decision to fly to London today instead of Thursday.

Last season volcanic ash forced them to travel by road to Italy, where they lost 3-1 to Inter Milan in the first leg of their semi-final, a result that lead to their exit.

Europe's air traffic control organisation said on Monday that if volcanic emissions continued at the same rate, the cloud could reach western French and northern Spanish airspace on Thursday.

That could affect the plans of up to 12,000 fans travelling over for the final.