Players and managers have voiced their anger after the Women’s Super League match between Chelsea and Liverpool was known as off after simply six minutes due to the pitch being frozen on Sunday.
The pitch had been inspected at 9:30 am on Sunday morning and the sport kicked off at 12:30 pm regardless of seen patches of ice on the sphere.
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Both managers have voiced their disappointment within the resolution with Chelsea boss Emma Hayes saying that the match “by no means ought to have began.”
“You might see from the opening minutes that it was like an ice rink down the edges,” Hayes instructed the BBC after the match was suspended.
“It’s not for managers to resolve if it is on — it is up to the FA and officers. We have to say to ourselves that it is time for undersoil heating. We’ve acquired to take our recreation severely. Yes, we will have our blowers and pitch tents however it’s not sufficient.
“I perceive; we’ve to put participant security first. We’ve made progress with funding into the standard of grasses and surfaces throughout the league. No recreation on the prime degree of the ladies’s recreation needs to be canceled. We want undersoil heating — we do not reside in Barbados.”
Liverpool supervisor Matt Beard echoed the identical sentiments saying to the BBC after the sport: “They stated in regards to the gamers slipping on a number of events. Both gamers from each side have slipped. Like I stated earlier than, the sport ought to have by no means gone forward.
“They have been going to give it an opportunity, in order that was the reason. It wasn’t secure down there [the dugout side]. There have been patches within the heart and different areas. I suppose the place they’d the warmth [it thawed]however for almost all of the pitch that wasn’t the case.”
😂😂 on a severe be aware, one of many prime leagues in Europe and we’re canceling video games due to frozen pitches. Not adequate, the ladies’s recreation is not off course however nonetheless a good distance to go. https://t.co/I7Da1PqMl7
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Players throughout the league have additionally spoken out on social media following the match, demanding higher circumstances for the ladies’s recreation in England.
“On a severe be aware, one of many prime leagues in Europe and we’re canceling video games due to frozen pitches. Not adequate, the ladies’s recreation is not off course however nonetheless a good distance to go,” England and Arsenal ahead Beth Mead stated on Twitter.
Arsenal teammate Vivianne Miedema posted: “Players security ought to at all times come first. Luckily nobody acquired injured immediately. Only manner to repair that is to demand underground heating or enjoying our video games in males’s stadiums.”
Chelsea defender Kadeisha Buchanan known as out the shortage of respect for ladies footballers in England on her Instagram story.
“It’s thoughts blodding that there is video games/coaching being canceled due to frozen pitches all through the league. Like bruv we play in a chilly nation. We ought to have heated pitches too. Where’s our rankings as ladies’s footballers? They truthfully do not charge us, ” she stated.
Chelsea midfielder Erin Cuthbert apologized to the followers after, saying on twitter: “So sorry to all our followers who turned up immediately and braved the chilly climate. This should not be occurring and we’ll demand extra for our recreation. Angry and annoyed however we can be prepared for Wednesday.”
Chelsea and Liverpool are each set to play within the FA Cup quarterfinals on Wednesday, with Chelsea going through Tottenham and Liverpool taking up West Ham.