Chelsea and Liverpool WSL conflict deserted after SIX minutes because of 'ice rink'


CHELSEA and Liverpool’s Ladies’s Tremendous League conflict on Sunday was a farce after it was deserted simply six minutes in because of a frozen pitch.

A pitch inspection had been held at 9.30am the place the sport had been given the inexperienced gentle to go forward – regardless of the climate inflicting numerous EFL matches to be postponed over the weekend.


Chelsea and Liverpool’s match was known as off after simply six minutesCredit score: Getty
Referee Neil Hair abandoned the game due to a frozen pitch


Referee Neil Hair deserted the sport because of a frozen pitchCredit score: PA

Nevertheless, seconds after kick off, gamers from each groups had been visibly sliding in every single place on the “ice rink”, resulting in ref Paul Howard to take each units again to the dressing room.

Fran Kirby has mentioned girls’s soccer ‘deserves higher’ after the sport between Chelsea and Liverpool was deserted after simply six minutes.

A pitch inspection happened at 9.30am on the Kingsmeadow, and regardless of the match being given a inexperienced gentle, referee Paul Howard took the gamers again to the dressing rooms quickly after kick-off.

Blowers and pitch tents had been used to try to defrost the floor, regardless of officers calling the floor “unplayable”, in keeping with Chelsea supervisor Emma Hayes.

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And her star striker Fran Kirby additionally hit out on the choice afterwards as she demanded that “women’s football deserves better”.

She tweeted: “Apologies to each units of followers who travelled at present. Gamers security ought to all the time be the primary precedence.

“Luckily no one was injured today and the right decision was taken eventually. Women’s football deserves better and we won’t stop fighting to make that happen.”

The state of the pitch was on full show from the beginning as gamers slipped, with Chelsea’s Erin Cuthbert even falling dangerously to the rock-hard turd when by way of on purpose and banging her knee.


Niamh Charles additionally suffered an identical destiny as she tried to dash with the ball.

The FA weren’t in attendance on the conflict, resulting in Hayes blasting the governing physique and stating that it was not the duty of the top coaches to make such selections.

She mentioned: “You possibly can see from the opening minutes that it was like an ice rink down the perimeters.

“Matt Beard was upset that it even acquired to level and he is proper. It is not for managers to resolve if it is on – it is as much as the FA and officers.

“We have to say to ourselves that it’s time for undersoil heating. We’ve got to take our game seriously. Yes, we can have our blowers and pitch tents but it’s not enough.”

Chelsea are at present prime of the WSL with a three-point lead, however rivals Manchester United and Arsenal each have a sport in hand.

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