Chelsea’s WSL clash with Liverpool is called off after just SIX MINUTES due to a frozen pitch – despite the game passing an inspection just two-and-a-half hours before kick-off – as Emma Hayes slams ‘ice rink’ conditions
- The pitch was deemed playable at 9:30 in the morning, hours before kick off
- Hayes spoke to frustrated supporters to say the call was ‘right for the players’
- The decision followed several other postponements due to severe conditions
There was a pitch inspection at 9:30 this morning ahead of the game at Kingsmeadow, with ice cleared off the pitch just minutes before kick off.
But just as the game got underway, referee Ben Hair stopped play and postponed the match, which resulted in anger from the players and fans and Chelsea manager Emma Hayes speaking to supporters in the ground.
Chelsea manager Emma Hayes spoke to supporters after Chelsea versus Liverpool was postponed six minutes into the game
Supporters were forced to wait over half an hour for the result of the inspection, with many supporters frustrated, particularly away fans who had travelled to the capital from Merseyside.
There was doubt when confirmation arrived that game would still kick off at 12:30, the referee paused proceedings and spoke to both Hayes and Liverpool boss Matt Beard.
Liverpool players then left the pitch before it was confirmed the game would be called off, which resulted in boos from the stands as the Reds players showed their appreciation to the travelling supporters.
Hayes, speaking to the fans, said: ‘The decision to call it off at this moment is wrong for the timing but right for the players.’
She then told BBC Sport: ‘You could see it’s like an ice rink. It’s not for mangers to determine it. We have to have undersoil heating to take our game seriously.
‘The game should never have started. Everybody wants to get the game on but outside parties have to execute those decisions. The FA are not here. No game should be cancelled – we need undersoil heating.’