Chelsea Women's fan group to push for undersoil heating after icy pitch fiasco


WOMEN’S soccer stars and followers criticised the shambolic situation of Chelsea having their WSL sport in opposition to Liverpool halted after six minutes as a result of a frozen pitch.

A Blues supporters group say they intend to contact the membership about undersoil heating on the house of the ladies’s aspect. 


Chelsea Women’s Supporters Group intend strategy officers on the membership in regard to undersoil heating KingsmeadowCredit score: Getty
The Blues' Sunday lunchtime duel with Liverpool was suspended following concerns for players safety on the frosty turf


The Blues’ Sunday lunchtime duel with Liverpool was suspended following considerations for gamers security on the frosty turfCredit score: PA
Pitch covers and blowers had been deployed prior kick-off in a bid to improve surface conditions ahead of the game


Pitch covers and blowers had been deployed prior kick-off in a bid to enhance floor situations forward of the sportCredit score: Getty

The excessive profile duel between Emma Hayes’ Blues and Matt Beard’s Reds turned the second of three WSL fixtures kiboshed by frosty turf situations. 

And sixth tier girls’s aspect Brentford noticed their sport in opposition to Whyteleafe known as off ten minutes into the second half as a result of icy turf.

Match goers at Chelsea’s Kingsmeadow floor and WSL followers on social media expressed amazement on the 12:30pm fixture being suspended minutes into the sport.

The sport was formally given the inexperienced gentle to forward by referee Neil Hair.

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Occasions unfolded stay on BBC Two with the sport being aired on the channel.

Gamers within the beginning eleven for Chelsea and Liverpool and WSL followers took to social media platforms to share their dismay on the debacle.

Many known as for higher remedy and respect for Women’s Tremendous League video games. 

Through her Twitter account Chelsea ace Katerina Svitkova wrote: “There may be nonetheless loads to do in girls’s soccer. 

“It is vitally unhappy that on this league this nonetheless can occur. We’d like higher, we deserved higher.”

Blues winger Erin Cuthbert, whose staff will face Liverpool at house this Sunday within the FA Cup, tweeted: “So, so sorry to all our followers who turned up as we speak and braved the chilly climate. 

“This shouldn’t be taking place and we’ll demand extra for our sport. 

“Angry and frustrated but we will be ready for Wednesday.”

Cuthbert’s club-mate and Blues goalkeeper Zecira Musovic described the state of affairs as “a major joke” 

Musovic tweeted: “Who wants 90 minutes when you will get all of it in 8’.

“Finish to finish motion, some ice skating within the center from Niamh (Fahey), ref calling the 2 skippers for a severe chat and the opposite coach going loopy for it being too harmful.

“That was a major joke, unacceptable. Do better.”

In an Instagram submit, centre-back Kadeisha Buchanan wrote: “It’s thoughts boggling that there are video games/coaching (periods) being cancelled due to frozen pitches all through the league. 

“We play in a chilly nation, we should always have heated pitches too. 

“Where are our ratings as women footballers?”

And her Blues colleague and vice-skipper Millie Vivid added: “On each entrance as we speak (Sunday) was unacceptable!!

“We demand extra for our sport.. DO BETTER.”

Brighton's Sunday evening WSL game against Arsenal was called off ahead of the fixture's 6:45 pm start


Brighton’s Sunday night WSL sport in opposition to Arsenal was known as off forward of the fixture’s 6:45 pm beginCredit score: PA

The postponement sparked debate on the necessity for undersoil heating at grounds internet hosting girls’s high tier video games. 

And a Blues’ fan group intends to debate the difficulty with their membership which is the eighth richest on the planet in accordance Deloitte’s newest Soccer League rankings. 

Chelsea Women’s Supporters Group advised SunSport: “We’ve got been very fortunate with the pitch at Kingsmeadow 

“Because the staff has been enjoying there we’ve solely had one or two video games postponed so we’ve by no means known as for it (undersoil heating) prior to now. 

“We will now have a conversation with the club that this should be in place at Kingsmeadow.”

After the match’s suspension, Blues skipper Magda Eriksson advised reporters: “The gamers have been making an attempt to mentally put together for the sport as we’d. 

“We have been simply following what we have been advised and making an attempt to get on with it. 

“It was quite obvious once the whistle blew it wasn’t possible to play the game and obviously should have been dealt with in a better way.”

Liverpool striker Katie Stengel appeared to query why Stamford Bridge was chosen as the bottom for the fixture with the house of the Blues Prem gamers not in use as we speak.

The Reds ace quote tweeted a submit from Vivianne Miedema by which the Arsenal ahead known as for the deployment of undersoil heating at grounds and talked about 

In her tweet, which adopted an earlier submit of gamers dropping their stability on the turf at Kingsmeadow, Stengel wrote: “I heard Stamford Bridge was wide open today.”

In a press release the FA mentioned matchday referee Hair gave the fixture the go-ahead after a 09:30 pitch inspection

A second test earlier than kick-off additionally adopted with using a pitch cowl and heaters. 

Liverpool boss Matt Beard questioned why the game was not called off before kick-off with many Reds fans having undertaken long journeys down to London


Liverpool boss Matt Beard questioned why the sport was not known as off earlier than kick-off with many Reds followers having undertaken lengthy journeys all the way down to LondonCredit score: Getty

Nonetheless it’s thought various gamers flagged edges of the pitch have been slippery with some seen dropping their stability after the sport commenced earlier than being postponed. 

A Women’s Tremendous League spokesperson mentioned: “We labored exhausting with the golf equipment and the match officers to securely play the Barclay’s Women’s Tremendous League fixture between Chelsea and Liverpool as scheduled. 

“Following inspections earlier than the match, the pitch was deemed to be playable by the matchday referee. 

“Nonetheless, shortly after kick off, the referee made the choice to desert the match as a way to shield the security of the gamers, which is paramount. 

“We sincerely apologise to all followers who travelled to the match. The fixture might be rescheduled sooner or later.”

Hayes publicly apologised to Blues and Reds followers who flocked to the sport 

While stating the timing of the call-off was incorrect she mentioned the choice to postpone was the precise one for the security of gamers. 

Hayes was requested by BBC Sport visitor pundit Hope Powell whether or not undersoil heating is required at matches.

The Blues chief mentioned: “We’ve made progress, funding has gone into the standard of the grass and surfaces throughout the league.

“Subsequent step is beneath soil heating. No sport within the girls’s sport at this high degree ought to be cancelled, finish of topic. 

Emma Hayes said player safety was important and flagged the need for undersoil heating following the suspension Chelsea's match against Liverpool


Emma Hayes mentioned participant security was vital and flagged the necessity for undersoil heating following the suspension Chelsea’s match in opposition to LiverpoolCredit score: Reuters

“We need under soil heating l everywhere. We don’t live in Barbados.”

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Brighton postponed their Sunday night duel with Arsenal two hours and 34 minutes earlier than their 6:45 pm kick-off. 

And Tottenham’s Sunday conflict with rock Leicester turned the primary Women’s Tremendous League encounter to be known as off with Spurs asserting the postponement on Saturday evening. 

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